Black Friday firearm background checks reach record high

Guns are displayed at Dragonman's an arms seller east of Colorado Springs Colo

The actual number of guns is poised to be even higher: gun checks, which are federally mandated for gun purchases, are run on a single buyer and not the individual guns purchased.

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

The previous record of 185,713 background checks was set on Black Friday a year earlier, according to figures provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Hopeful gun owners sent in a record number of single-day requests to the FBI's background-check system on Friday.

The Bureau is reported to have received 203,086 gun background check requests on Black Friday, up from 185,713 in 2016. 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. 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.


Gun demand rose as President Barack Obama called for tougher regulations after major shootings and then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton led in many election polls.

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.

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.

Sessions said the November 5 shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, by Devin Kelley, a former Air Force serviceman who had a 2012 conviction for domestic assault, showed that not all the necessary information was being added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.

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