Black Friday was huge for gun sales

28 November, 2017, 01:35 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Black Friday Background Checks Pass 200,000 for First Time Ever

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.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has recently been scrutinized and put under a verbal microscope when Attorney Jeff Sessions directed the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to do a comprehensive review of the NICS and its procedures.

Indeed, Black Friday is becoming a popular day to buy guns, given the FBI's previous record-setting days for background checks on firearms purchases were set on Black Friday in 2016 and 2015.

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The Black Friday sales are good to pick up a few bargains in time for Christmas - or a gun if you live in the United States.

USA Today pointed out that background checks do not indicate the number of guns actually sold because a buyer could purchase more than one gun in a check.

In a statement earlier this week, Sessions said NICS "is critical for us to be able to keep guns out of the hands of those that are prohibited from owning them". The agency also says the system "ensures the timely transfer of firearms to eligible gun buyers".

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The Pentagon's inspector general launched a separate review of the Texas gunman, Devin P. Kelley, after the Air Force revealed it had failed to submit his domestic abuse case to the database. That failure allowed him to buy weapons.

The FBI received 185,713 requests on Black Friday past year.

The boost in gun sales comes as firearms makers slash prices because of an inventory glut built up after the industry increased production amid fears the Obama administration would tighten gun control laws.

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Federal authorities, meanwhile, have for years openly complained that incomplete databases and staff shortages make it hard to keep pace with the constant stream of background checks required of most new gun purchasers and efficiently trace firearms used in crimes.

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