Based on data from the FBI, Black Friday broke all kinds of records for gun sales.
This story from breitbart.com reports that 185,345 National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks were performed on the biggest shopping day of the year. That’s a big increase over last year’s record-setting Black Friday, with just over 175,000 checks performed.
“Black Friday (2015) shattered the single-day record with 185,345 background checks processed in a 24-hour period—or slightly more than two background-checks every second,” said Stephen Fischer, an FBI spokesperson, according to the story.
Not only was it a Black Friday record, but it was the highest single day for background checks ever.
We’ve reported that May, June, July, August, September, and October were all record-breaking months for NICS checks this year.
The number of NICS checks doesn’t directly correlate to the number of guns purchased, because the FBI doesn’t release information regarding how many checks result in refusals (usually a small percentage), and individuals can buy more than one gun with a single background check. It is, however, a good indicator.
As the story points out, if only 9 percent of buyers bought two guns each on Black Friday, then the total number of guns bought could exceed 200,000.
Last month we reported that gun sales and concealed carry permit applications have seen a sharp uptick in many states since the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.