Black Friday Gun Shoppers Set a Single-Day Record

Black Friday posts new single day record for gun checks at more than 200,000

The 2015 record smashed the previous single-day mark set December 21, 2012, exactly one week after the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in CT.

The FBI received over 200,000 requests for background checks to own a gun on Black Friday, overtaking last year's single-day record by almost 10%.

The FBI says it fielded 203,086 background check requests for gun purchases on the day after Thanksgiving - the highest daily total ever, reports USA Today.

On Black Friday this year, American shoppers apparently bought record numbers of a perennial favorite: guns.

That makes three straight years of record high gun checks on Black Friday.




During the last few years of Barack Obama's presidency, the nation saw a spike in gun sales as second amendment proponents feared the passage of more restrictive legislation. So, the number of guns sold on Black Friday is likely higher than the number of background check requests received by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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.

Sessions cited the November 5 shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, as proof that "relevant information may not be getting reported to the NICS".

Devin P Kelley was convicted of assault and discharged from the military. However, a 2015 Time magazine report suggested that mass shootings could increase gun sales: "Spikes in gun sales regularly occur following mass shootings, often over concerns of increased gun regulation or because people are looking for increased protection", Time reported.

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