August 2017 NICS checks for the sale of firearms by licensed firearms dealers totaled 1,925,146.   That is 71,331 more than the next highest August on record which was in 2016.  Overall, 2017 gun sales are projected to be lower than 2016, this seems very likely, however, are we seeing the birth of a new norm with more than 20,000,000 NICS checks annually?  It seems that with new gun ranges there is an expectation of convenience for shooting sports enthusiasts who seek to use their firearms for target practice / fun and for personal self defense training.  Law abiding citizens are responsible, after all.