Gun background check requests hit record high on Black Friday, FBI says

by Abel Hampton November 28, 2017, 0:39
Gun background check requests hit record high on Black Friday, FBI says

These checks are required for anyone who wants to purchase a gun from licensed dealers.

The FBI reported that they received 203,086 requests to conduct instant background checks for gun purchases, the highest amount ever received in one single day.

Gun background checks hit a new record this Black Friday, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation receiving over 200,000 new requests amid the busy holiday season.

The number of background checks for firearms purchases does not represent the number of firearms sold since more than one firearm can be bought during a single sale or someone can decide not to buy.

The FBI cautions that "a one-to-one correlation can not be made" between checks and actual sales, since one background check may yield several gun sales.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week ordered a review of the FBI's background check system after a gunman led a carnage in a small southern Texas church, killing 26 people with multiple firearms purchased in spite of previous convictions. Two of the largest gun manufacturers, Remington Arms Company and Browning Arms Company, reportedly offered cash rebates of up to $200 on shotguns and $100 on rifles this year. Cabela's, a specialty retailer for outdoor recreation sports such as hunting and shooting, rolled out 14 days of rifle, handgun, and ammunition deals in an effort to drum up sales. Sessions also wants a report of how many times the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have investigated and prosecuted people for lying on their gun-purchase applications. He said the Texas shooting "revealed that relevant information may not be getting reported to the NICS - this is alarming and it is unacceptable".

RTSP, a gun store and range in Randolph, New Jersey, surpassed last year's Black Friday for sales, and that carried through the weekend for the store's highest-grossing week since February, said Rick Friedman, the CEO.

"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.


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