Number of Background Checks Set New Record on Black Friday

Number of Background Checks Set New Record on Black Friday

This year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation received 203,086 background check requests for gun purchases.

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

The FBI told USA Today that the agency received more than 200,000 requests for background checks tied to firearm purchases on Friday ― a single-day record that's about 17,000 higher than a year ago.

The previous record of 185,713 background checks was set one year earlier on Black Friday.

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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. According to USA Today, the prior record-setting days fell on Black Friday, too. Analysts note gun sales are likely the higher of the two figures because customers can buy several firearms in one transaction. 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.

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.

Last Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to review the NICS so that guns do not fall into the wrong hands. 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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