Gun background checks hit an all-time high on Black Friday


According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation over 200,000 background check requests for guns were requested this year on Black Friday, which beat the previous single-day high of 185,713 on Black Friday 2016, USA Today reported.

The FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) database system said they fielded 203,086 background checks on Black Friday, a day when United States retailers mark down prices on their products to kick off the annual holiday gift-shopping period.

But what's behind the boost in sales?

While gun sales have been surging in recent years - largely driven by fears of more restrictive gun laws proposed during the Obama administration - gun check numbers had leveled off in the first months of the pro-gun Trump administration.

According to CNN, firearms dealers were hoping that rebates and deep discounts would bring in customers on Black Friday and boost recently flagging sales. Two of the industry's biggest manufactures, Remington Arms Company and Browning Arms Company, offered cash rebates of up to $200 on shotguns and $100 on rifles this year, the cable news network reported.

The only day in the top five which had nothing to do with Black Friday was on December 21, 2012.

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"People should not be able to make their own assault weapons and other guns when those individuals are unsafe and legally barred from buying guns", Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, told USA Today.

The review will examine whether other government agencies are failing to report information to the database.

USA Today pointed out that background checks do not indicate the number of guns actually sold because a buyer could purchase more than one gun in a check. That's because a buyer looking to purchase multiple firearms in a single purchase only has to submit to one background check.

Many Americans helped set a new record after using their Black Friday to purchase something a little different from the usual electronics.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions waits to speak at the Federalist Society's 2017 National Lawyers Convention in Washington, U.S., November 17, 2017.