Background checks for guns purchases set Black Friday record

Trevor Jackson
November 30, 2017

Now, it seems, so are guns.

There was a record number of firearms background checks in Colorado this Black Friday.

The FBI was flooded Friday with more than 200,000 background check requests for gun purchases, setting a new single day record, the bureau reported Saturday. They topped the two previous milestones that were also set on the discount-driven shopping holiday after Thanksgiving in previous years, according to USA Today.

Mr Obama had previously told BBC News that his biggest regret as president was not passing "meaningful" gun reform during his time in office.

As USA Today points out, the number of background checks requests do not measure actual gun sales, since it only requires one background check for a buyer to purchase multiple firearms in a single transaction.

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This year, the number of filings made to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System - that of 203,086 requests on Black Friday - topped last year's tally for a single-day high of 185,713. Two of the five deadliest mass shootings in modern US history ― the Las Vegas massacre in October and Sutherland Springs, Texas, mass shooting in November ― occurred within 35 days of each other.

Donald Trump's pro-gun presidency has contributed to a slowdown in sales this year. In recent years, mass shootings have prompted state and federal lawmakers to propose gun regulations, leading to increased gun sales.

Days before Black Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to review the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

He directly pointed to the Sutherland Springs church shooting - and the Air Force's failure to report the suspected gunman's prior court-martial - as cause for concern.

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