Number of Background Checks Set New Record on Black Friday

Saul Bowman
November 30, 2017

That's about 17,000 more requests than it received on Black Friday in 2015 and 2016, and both those years were previous record-breakers. That increase in sales wasn't just evident with people getting deals on Fitbits, Tamagotchis, and Nintendo games: Gun retailers also saw a huge jump in sales.

TVs and clothes weren't the only products in demand this Black Friday: For the third year in a row, the shopping holiday set a single-day record for firearm background checks.

"People should not be able to make their own assault weapons and other guns when those individuals are risky and legally barred from buying guns", Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, told USA Today.

Since sale numbers are not public, NPR reports that background check requests are the best available proxy to estimate gun sales.

The state set a record previous year, when the number of gun buyers surpassed the one million mark.

They did not indicate what may have caused the uptick in sales.


"It's a good indicator that gun sales are up", said Gretl Plessinger, an FDLE spokesperson.

Mr Obama had previously told BBC News that his biggest regret as president was not passing "meaningful" gun reform during his time in office.

Shoppers were taking advantage of discounts, but may have also been motivated by a Justice Department memo last week that directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to review its background-checks system.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of the background check system after it was revealed that the Texas church gunman was able to legally purchase a gun despite having a criminal record.

Devin P Kelley was convicted of assault and discharged from the military.

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