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Black Friday Gun Sales Set Record

A new single-day record for point-of-sale background checks was established on Black Friday, November 23, when 154,873 were conducted by the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). That total was nearly 20 percent more than the previous high of 129,166 set on Black Friday last year. Since a federal background check is mandatory for every firearm sold at retail, background check activity serves as an indicator of retail gun sales.

Black Fridays, which occur the day after Thanksgiving, historically have been among the most active days for  firearms purchases. As the chart shows, five of the top 10 most active single days for federal background checks were Black Fridays.

“Responsible firearms ownership is popular, mainstream and growing,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “Americans in record numbers are choosing to own firearms for target shooting, hunting, collecting and personal and home protection.”

The new one-day record was not unexpected, as NSSF pointed out in a recent blog post, given reports of increased gun sales following the election of President Barack Obama to a second term and also hunting license sales increasing.

Saturday’s total of 88,419 background checks also earned it a spot among the top ten most active single days.

NICS also reported that during this record period for background checks some firearms retailers calling into the NICS Section experienced extended wait times. However, the NICS E-Check system was up and running. NICS encourages federal firearms licensees (FFLs)  to enroll with the NICS E-Check system to avoid extended wait times. FFLs can learn more about enrolling in NICS E-Check by visiting the NICS FFL Web site.





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5 Responses to “Black Friday Gun Sales Set Record”

  1. Mitch

    Not sure if this even counts California since they have their own “instant check” program. Only their “instant check” takes 10 days. I called in a transfer to DOJ at 10:30 Friday morning in California and there had already been nearly 4,000 transfers.

  2. g B

    Actually, the number would be much higher.. In Iowa, as well as many other states, if a person has a valid permit to carry or a permit to acquire weapons, a point of sale NICS check is not required as one condition of issuing the permit is passing a back ground check. Sales to those people would not be called in. After 15 years of working retail and selling firearms, I would guess the number to be AT LEAST 25% higher.

  3. LoneStarGunsTX

    E-Check was not up and running perfectly. At our store, we could not get any E-Checks to run, and that is the only reason we had to call. Also we had to call AT LEAST 60 times to get one connection to NICS. Hours to even get a connection, and then once connected, AT LEAST 30 minutes to get our background checks for that call run. We estimate we lost sales due to the length of wait time on background checks. And we did have a few customers with Concealed Carry Permits that thankfully did not have to wait for a background check. But the claim that E-Check was “up and running” is not accurate, at least not in our Black Friday experience.

  4. Shey Pilmore

    I live in Australia the land of the no gun, just seeing those numbers makes me jealous as hell, but it got me thinking Thats Private Citizens just whats the Number of the ADF Australian Defence Force, a number which is 81.000 and when i see that sort of a thing I just think WOW how lucky are you guys. not to mention safe.

  5. Branden Della

    20,000,000 “registered” guns in the USA. Hell Yeah!!!