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Background checks for guns purchases set Black Friday record

28 November 2017

Shoppers hunting for Black Friday deals seemed to include a record number of those in the market for firearms; the Federal Bureau of Investigation says it fielded 203,086 background check requests for gun purchases on the day after Thanksgiving - the highest daily total ever, reports USA Today.

USA Today reports that the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) received 203,086 requests for background checks, a significant increase from the previous single-day record of 185,713 requests-set a year ago on Black Friday. That number is likely higher, because a single buyer can obtain several guns in a single transaction.

According to CNN, firearms dealers were hoping that rebates and deep discounts would bring in customers on Black Friday and boost recently flagging sales.

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"The National Instant Criminal Background Check System is critical for us to be able to keep guns out of the hands of those that are prohibited from owning them", he said. "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. Cabela's, a national retailer, offered a 14-day sale on rifle, handgun and ammunition deals.

Friday's background checks record come in the wake of recent mass shootings in this country - including deadly massacres in Las Vegas and at a Texas church.

A total of 26 people were killed November 5 when a gunman opened fire on people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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The NCIS is to created to allow instant background checks on prospective gun owners. Reports that the shooter, a court-martialed Air Force veteran, cleared a background check enabling him to buy his weapon have spurred renewed debate about gun control.

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

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

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The review was ordered by Attorney General Jeff Sessions following revelations that a gun rampage at a Texas church which left 26 people dead was committed by a former USA airman who had been legally stripped of his right to own weapons.

Background checks for guns purchases set Black Friday record