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Black Friday Broke Background-Check Record

28 November 2017

While many Americans were buying furniture and appliances on Black Friday, a record number were also seeking clearance to purchase guns.

The FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) received 203,086 requests for background checks this past Friday alone, as Black Friday shoppers rushed to snap up firearms amid a flurry of deals.

A quick search of the NICS database shows the previous single-day record was on Black Friday 2016.

The two previous single-day records were also set on Black Fridays. The FBI says it had 203,086 requests for background checks on Friday, smashing the previous single-day record of 185,713, which was set on Black Friday past year, USA Today reports.

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But what's behind the boost in sales?

Donald Trump's pro-gun presidency has contributed to a slowdown in sales this year.

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

However, sales and slashed prices may not be the only thing drawing in firearms customers this year. However, a 2015 Time magazine report suggested that mass shootings could increase gun sales: "Spikes in gun sales regularly occur following mass shootings, often over concerns of increased gun regulation or because people are looking for increased protection", Time reported.

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The gunman who killed 26 people at the First Baptist Church earlier this month should never have been carrying a gun. State officials have said it was the largest mass shooting in Texas' history.

The failure enabled him to buy weapons, purchases his domestic violence conviction should have barred.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, earlier this week, ordered a far-ranging review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation database used to check the backgrounds of prospective gun buyers, after the Air Force failed to report the criminal history of the gunman who slaughtered more than two dozen people at a Texas church.

Alarmingly, the latest figure does not necessarily represent the amount of guns sold, which could be HIGHER as buyers can purchase more than one firearm per check. A single buyer could likely purchase multiple firearms in one transaction.

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Black Friday Broke Background-Check Record