United States gun background checks hit new record on Black Friday

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According to CNN, firearms dealers were hoping that rebates and deep discounts would bring in customers on Black Friday and boost recently flagging sales. That increase in sales wasn't just evident with people getting deals on Fitbits, Tamagotchis, and Nintendo games: Gun retailers also saw a huge jump in sales.

The FBI says it had 203,086 requests for background checks on Friday, smashing the previous single-day record of 185,713, which was set on Black Friday a year ago, USA Today reports. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which allows most shoppers to buy a gun in minutes, is struggling under demand that has risen from 1 million requests for checks in 1998 to a record 27.5 million previous year, NPR reports.

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Black Friday seems to have set another retail record this year ― for guns.

The numbers are surprising, given the recent decline in firearms sales, possibly because potential buyers have ceased to fear a federal crackdown on gun sales or gun control efforts-perhaps due to the National Rifle Association's endorsement of President Trump.

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"One could think they were going to purchase a gun and decide not to purchase a firearm or they could maybe purchase two on an approval, for example", Plessinger continued. 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.

The 200,000 plus background checks on Friday comes after the worst massing shooting in the state of Texas's history, and after it was revealed that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) did not have the necessary information to prevent the shooter from buying a gun in the first place.

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That review was motivated by the Texas church shooting where court-martialed Air Force veteran Devin Kelley was able to purchase the rifle used to kill 25 people inside the church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.