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Black Friday Gun Sales Boom

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By    |   Tuesday, 28 November 2017 07:15 AM

Black Friday gun sales saw a boom, based on a record 203,086 background checks for weapons reported by the FBI the day after Thanksgiving, NBC News reported, suggesting that fear of a gun crackdown in light of mass shootings could be driving a gun-purchase surge.

National Public Radio reported that Friday's background check number beat the old record of 185,713 background checks, which was set last year on Black Friday.

According to the FBI, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System was mandated by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 and launched by the FBI five years later.

The background checks are used by Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to instantly determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms, the FBI stated. Cashiers call in a check to the FBI or to other designated agencies to ensure that each customer does not have a criminal record or is not otherwise ineligible to make a purchase, the agency noted.

On Oct. 1, Stephen Paddock fired more than 1,100 rounds into a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas Oct. 1, killing 58 and injured 500 others, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. On Nov. 5, Devin Kelley opened fire in a small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people, CNN reported.

"We had the best Black Friday day of sales ever," said Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gun Works in Austin, Texas. "We just had a church shooting here in Texas, so people are talking about increasing security and buying guns for security teams."

Cargill told NBC News that purchasers have been looking for bump stocks, the item Paddock used to modify his semi-automatic rifles to fire like illegal machine guns.

"After Sandy Hook, people were looking for AR-15s because they were afraid they were going to be banned," Cargill told NBC News. "Right now, people are constantly asking about bump stocks, which we don’t have in stock anymore."

Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, told NBC News that gun sales overall have leveled off this year under President Donald Trump, despite the Black Friday record.

"Those who want guns have them and have enough of them," Webster told NBC News. "Obama was good for the gun lobby to use as a foil to make people believe that Obama was after their guns."

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Black Friday gun sales saw a boom, based on a record 203,086 background checks for weapons reported by the FBI the day after Thanksgiving, NBC News reported, suggesting that fear of a gun crackdown in light of mass shootings could be driving a gun-purchase surge.
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