(CBSNEWS.COM) – The winter holidays aren’t even here and sales of firearms have hit a new high in the U.S., already topping the prior record set in 2016, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The surge began when COVID-19 hit the country in March and spurred lockdowns nationwide.

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The holiday season is expected to lift gun sales even more. November and December are traditionally among the busiest months of the year for selling firearms.

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