Americans were definitely snapping up big-screen 4K TVs and Star Wars toys on Black Friday, but there was something else we were buying in droves: guns. On Black Friday alone, a record-shattering 185,000-plus requests for background checks were processed, according to the FBI.Black Friday breaks record with 185K gun background checks
On Friday, the Bureau’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System fielded 185,345 background checks, the agency said. That’s the most ever in a single day.
For that matter, holiday season gun sales are getting to be a common phenomenon. Before Black Friday 2015, the previous high took place December 21, 2012, in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy, when there were 177,170 checks, according to the FBI. The next highest day for gun sale background checks was on Black Friday last year, when more than 175,000 were processed.
This past Friday was not only Black Friday, but also the day 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear is accused of opening fire on a Planned Parenthood in Colorado, killing three and wounding nine. It’s unclear the degree to which the event affected gun sales that day.
More Americans had their backgrounds checked purchasing guns on Black Friday than any day on record, according to data released by the FBI this week.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 185,345 requests on Nov. 27, one of the largest retail sales days in the country.
"This was an approximate 5% increase over the 175,754 received on Black Friday 2014," wrote Stephen Fischer, the FBI's chief of multimedia productions. "The previous high for receipts were the 177,170 received on 12/21/2012."
Previous spikes for background checks, conducted before a gun buyer can obtain a firearm, occurred after prominent mass shootings, like in December 2012 in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.