Black Friday Broke Gun Sales Record

Posted November 30, 2017

New records for guns sales on Black Fridays in 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2012.

Guns were also a top item for bargain hunters on Black Friday.

Black Friday seems to have set another retail record this year ― for guns.

The day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday-which came just weeks after 26 people died in a shooting at a Texas church-resulted in more than 200,000 requests for gun background checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, setting a new record for background checks demanded in a single day.

That makes three straight years of record high gun checks on Black Friday. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which allows most shoppers to buy a gun in minutes, is struggling under demand that has risen from 1 million requests for checks in 1998 to a record 27.5 million past year, NPR reports.

Gun checks, required for purchases at federally licensed firearm dealers, are not a measure of actual gun sales.

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Friday's background checks record come in the wake of recent mass shootings in this country - including deadly massacres in Las Vegas and at a Texas church.

"One could think they were going to purchase a gun and decide not to purchase a firearm or they could maybe purchase two on an approval, for example", Plessinger continued.

And even though gun sales were down during the first year of the Trump administration, gun sales tend to increase following mass shootings.

The shootings have prompted lawmakers to introduce new legislation that would limit the sale of certain firearms or accessories, although no new laws are expected to be signed any time soon.

The high number of background check requests received by the bureau's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), comes just days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a sweeping review of the system.

He directly pointed to the Sutherland Springs church shooting - and the Air Force's failure to report the suspected gunman's prior court-martial - as cause for concern.