The FBI ran more than 3.7 million background checks on Americans buying guns under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in March, smashing the previous record as Americans armed themselves amid growing fears about the coronavirus pandemic.
The NICS system ran 3,740,688 background checks in March, which is 33 percent higher than the previous record of more than 2.8 million, which was set in February.
March's background check numbers marked a 41 percent increase over March 2019.
Not all gun sales involve a background check, meaning that the NICS numbers are not a direct indicator of total gun sales.
The NRA has defended both the ability of gun stories to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic and Americans' rush to buy guns as they fear how long government-mandated stay-at-home orders and shutdowns of businesses will last, and just how bad the pandemic will get.