Gun sales show no sign of slowing despite the defeat of gun control advocate Hillary Rodham Clinton, with April logging its second biggest number for FBI background checks ever.

The FBI said it conducted 2,045,564 background checks, continuing a 2017 surge in gun sales nationally. Background checks are considered a rough parallel to sales, though they don't include private gun transfers.

One year ago, sales were higher by just 100,000, said the FBI report.

Gun sales were expected to taper off after the election of President Trump, who was endorsed by the National Rifle Association and pledged to veto any gun control legislation.

Initially sales did slow, but they've come back strong and 2017 is on par to be the second highest rate of gun sales ever, behind only 2016.

Industry officials credit the explosion of concealed carry permit applications and an increase in women and African American buyers.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at