In a sign that gun sales are continuing to fall off a cliff, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reported Thursday that a record 6.4 million guns were sold last year.
The ATF reported the number of sales in a range of categories, including rifles, shotguns, handguns, long guns and high-capacity magazines.
The report was the first since the Newtown, Conn., school massacre.
The number of new sales jumped by more than 10 percent from 2013.
The biggest increase was for semi-automatic rifles, where sales jumped 20.6 percent.
There were 3.3 million guns sold in the firearms industry in 2015, down from 3.5 million the year before.
Overall, sales are down about 10 percent compared with the same period last year, according to data from Bloomberg.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which tracks employment, reported Thursday the jobless rate rose by 0.2 percentage point in January to 7.6%.
Economists had expected the joblessness rate to be higher.
The jobless figure was revised to 765,000 from 649,000 in an earlier report.
A second report showed sales for January were up by 4.9 percent, the biggest jump in three months.
The economy is expected to be weaker in February.
The unemployment rate fell to 5.9% from 6.9%.
The pace of sales dropped by 1.3 percentage points to 1.2 million from 1.5 billion in January.
The pace was higher than the previous record of 1.7 million.
The Commerce Department reported Thursday on sales in the first three months of 2016, which included December, a month that was not as busy.
Sales rose by 1,200,000 to $6.9 billion.
The industry is trying to keep pace with demand for new and used weapons.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation said the industry was expected to generate $3.1 billion in sales for the first quarter of 2017.