Sales of guns have picked up where they left off last year — red hot.

Following the second best-ever year for gun sales, when some 25 million were traded, January started fast too.

The FBI recorded 2,030,530 background checks in January, just off the 2,043,284 in January 2016.

Despite predictions that the election of President Trump would slow sales, they have continued at a fast pace due to safety concerns and the entry of women and minorities into the market.

“Historically, January is sluggish, but we were up over 10 percent from last January, so our outlook for the year is bright,” said our go-to expert Justin Anderson, director of marketing for Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, N.C., one of the nation’s biggest.

“While sales nosedived last February as the result of the presidential election, we don’t expect the same drop off this year. We are continuing to see new customers buying guns and we expect more new shooters to become customers this year,” he added

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