Black Friday Broke Gun Sales Record


The number represents a significant jump from the previous single-day record of 185,713 requests for background checks.

The number of guns purchased is probably more than the number of background checks as many purchasers procure more than one firearm.

Last week the Department of Justice ordered a review of the background check system to determine whether law enforcement agencies are properly reporting crimes to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Gun sales have slumped since the presidential election. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which allows most shoppers to buy a gun in minutes, is struggling under demand that has risen from 1 million requests for checks in 1998 to a record 27.5 million past year, NPR reports. They topped the two previous milestones that were also set on the discount-driven shopping holiday after Thanksgiving in previous years, according to USA Today.

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.

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Prospective gun owners filed 203,086 requests to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). "First thing you've got to do is make sure all gun sales are covered by background checks".

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. Kelley staged a mass shooting on November 5, killing at least 25 at a church in Sutherland Springs in Wilson County.

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

Kelley, who had served the Air Force, was allowed to purchase a rifle after Air Force officials had failed to furnish Federal Bureau of Investigation with his court-martial, therefore granting Kelley the right to buy the firearms which he had used in the shooting.

Sales rose after former President Barack Obama's election - due to fears he would restrict them- and have fallen since Donald Trump became U.S. president.