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Black Friday Sets Record for Gun Background Checks

Black Friday Sets Record for Gun Background Checks

That's according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that shows that Black Friday shoppers set a new record on the requests for background checks for gun sales with more than 200,000 applications, a new single day record, USA Today reported.

Gun checks, required for purchases at federally licensed firearm dealers, are not a measure of actual gun sales.

"One could think they were going to purchase a gun and decide not to purchase a firearm or they could maybe purchase two on an approval, for example", Plessinger continued. That's about 17,000 more requests than it received on Black Friday in 2015 and 2016, and both those years were previous record-breakers.

It is a popular time of year to buy guns.

The high number of background check requests received by the bureau's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), comes just days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a sweeping review of the system.

Donald Trump's pro-gun presidency has contributed to a slowdown in sales this year. Devin Kelley was able to purchase multiple firearms despite being convicted in a court martial for domestic violence, after the US Air Force failed to enter a previous domestic violence charge into the national database.

Sessions cited the November 5 shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, as proof that "relevant information may not be getting reported to the NICS". Yet it has largely struggled to keep pace with the volume of firearm transactions and still properly maintain the databases of criminal and mental health records necessary to determine whether buyers are eligible to purchase guns. "Companies that are more anxious about making money than the safety of the public or law enforcement officials sworn to protect them shouldn't be given a platform to sell their products".