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    FBI posts big Black Friday gun check numbers; second-largest single day in program history

    FBI posts big Black Friday gun check numbers; second-largest single day in program history


    USA TODAYDecember 1, 2019
    WASHINGTON – The FBI fielded more than 200,000 background checks on Black Friday gun purchases, continuing a steady surge this year following a series of mass shootings that have renewed calls for more restrictive gun laws.

    In all, the bureau posted 202,465 checks Friday, an 11% increase from last year and falling just short of the single-day record: 203,086 in 2017.

    While background checks, required for purchases at federally licensed firearm dealers, are not a measure of actual gun sales, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System is a way to gauge market demand. The number of firearms sold Friday is likely higher because multiple firearms can be included in one transaction by a single buyer.

    Black Friday traditionally has been one of the busiest for FBI analysts, but this year's one-day number comes amid rising monthly volumes that are approaching the one-year record of 27.5 million in 2016.

    Some of the biggest spikes came in August and September after attacks in El Paso and Odessa, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left 38 people dead.

    Past spikes in background checks have been driven by fears that lawmakers would tighten gun laws.

    For the first time since the bureau began conducting checks in 1998, the number of monthly checks has not fallen below 2 million this year.

    USA TODAY reported last week that the rising numbers suggest the industry may be emerging from the “Trump slump” that followed the election of the pro-gun president.


    In 2016, when the Obama administration sought tougher gun control legislation, the FBI was inundated with requests for background checks. That's the year the bureau processed a record number of checks.

    This year, the FBI has requested additional money and personnel to deal with the workload.

    FBI Director Christopher Wray, in testimony this year before a House committee, cited increasing background checks in his request for 40 new positions and $4.2 million. Some of the money would be used for new equipment.


    Gun check numbers need only remain steady for the rest of the year to break the annual record. The FBI recorded nearly 23 million checks through the end of October. But the political calendar and continuing gun violence is likely to keep demand up.



    Several of the leading candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, have called for measures including bans on assault-style weapons, universal background checks and voluntary gun buybacks. And a new entry, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has poured millions of dollars into campaigns advocating for tighter controls on firearms.

    This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: FBI's Black Friday gun check numbers near single-day record
    Pat ------> NRA Endowment Member

    #2
    But, but...what background checks? I thought they weren’t required and that’s why we gun owners are such a menace.

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      #3
      Now I feel guilty I didn’t contribute

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        #4
        Originally posted by FastPhil View Post
        Now I feel guilty I didn’t contribute
        There's always next month.

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          #5
          I am so happy that over 200,000 Americans bought guns last month!

          Maybe the liberidiots will back off from legislation once they realize it puts more guns "on the street".

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            #6
            Originally posted by Range Time View Post
            I am so happy that over 200,000 Americans bought guns last month!

            Maybe the liberidiots will back off from legislation once they realize it puts more guns "on the street".
            no . they just want to make law abiding gun owners criminals

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              #7
              Originally posted by warmnfuzzy View Post

              no . they just want to make law abiding gun owners criminals
              Well then I'm glad there are more "criminals" out there.

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                #8
                USA Today does not seem to be reporting this as good news :-)

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                  #9
                  I was going to contribute to that figure but the LGS rubbed me the wrong way so I passed, for now.
                  I am not armed out of fear of who's in front of me.
                  I am armed out of love of those behind me.

                  Anyone who says money doesn't matter to them is either a FOOL or a LIAR or BOTH!

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                    #10
                    I always feel like a slug because I never purchase guns on Black Friday and help pump the numbers.

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                      #11
                      "Past spikes in background checks have been driven by fears that lawmakers would tighten gun laws."

                      Fears?! FEARS?! How about the proven fact that they will tighten gun laws?

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                        #12
                        Good work people, let's keep those numbers up.

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                          #13
                          And theres still a 30 day wait here if delayed --
                          NRA Instructor / RSO & NRA Life Member / S.A.F.E. Armorer / 03-FFL / Moist Nugget gun nut / Ammosexual / And a right wing Republican Jew with guns

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                            #14
                            I did my share.
                            Come on you slackers!!!!
                            "Get a Dog. Cause Cats Are For Bitches!"

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                              #15
                              Ironic that these readily available numbers make news when someone looks to make hay about all the guns out there and yet the same people make the we need background checks to stop gun violence arguments. I guess you can have it both ways. SMFH

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