Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Black Friday Broke Gun Sales Record

Source CNN Source CNN
Erik Tate | 30 November, 2017, 13:22

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.

Sweaters, TVs and slippers have always been hot items on Black Friday.

Once again this year, Black Friday shoppers were also on the hunt for bargains on handguns and rifles.

This year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation received 203,086 background check requests for gun purchases. The two previous records - last year's and that of 185,345 in 2015 - were also recorded on Black Friday.

The number of firearms actually sold on Friday was probably higher than 203,086 because a buyer would require just one check but could purchase multiple firearms in a single transaction.

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USA Today reports that the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) received 203,086 requests for background checks, a significant increase from the previous single-day record of 185,713 requests-set past year on Black Friday. 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 shootings have prompted lawmakers to introduce new legislation that would limit the sale of certain firearms or accessories, although no new laws are expected to be signed any time soon.

The 200,000 plus background checks on Friday comes after the worst massing shooting in the state of Texas's history, and after it was revealed that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) did not have the necessary information to prevent the shooter from buying a gun in the first place.

He directly pointed to the Sutherland Springs church shooting - and the Air Force's failure to report the suspected gunman's prior court-martial - as cause for concern.

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