Black Friday firearm background checks reach record high

Posted November 30, 2017

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. 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.

Black Friday shoppers looking for bargains were also looking to purchase rifles and handguns this year, breaking a new record for the number of background checks requests in a single day, according to numbers released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Black Friday seems to have set another retail record this year ― for guns. Two of the five deadliest mass shootings in modern USA history ― the Las Vegas massacre in October and Sutherland Springs, Texas, mass shooting in November ― occurred within 35 days of each other. The number of firearms purchased could be significantly higher as one individual could buy more than one firearm at a time, as only one background check is needed during a single purchase.

Donald Trump's pro-gun presidency has contributed to a slowdown in sales this year.

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In the aftermath of recent mass shootings, lawmakers across states and in Washington have introduce new legislation that would limit the sale of certain firearms or accessories.

Days before Black Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to review the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Devin Kelley was able to purchase multiple firearms despite being convicted in a court martial for domestic violence, after the US Air Force failed to enter a previous domestic violence charge into the national database.

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