On the heels of six consecutive record-breaking months of gun sales, the FBI predicts Black Friday gun sales will break records as well.
Breitbart News previously reported that Black Friday sales–as estimated based on background checks–hovered around 98,000 in 2008 and 2009 then took off in 2010. In 2011 Black Friday background checks totaled 129,166. They rose to 154,873 in 2012, before falling back back to 144,758 in 2013 after Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) gun control bill was defeated.
But in 2014 the number of Black Friday background checks came in at a record setting 175,000, and the FBI predicts Black Friday 2015 will surpass that.
According to The Trace, FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer believes Black Friday 2015 will see “190,000 background checks.” This is “slightly more than two background checks every second” during a 24-hour period.
It is important to note that background checks do provide a precise figure on the number of guns sold because background checks are done on the buyers of guns, not on the number of guns each buyer purchases. So if, for instance, there are 190,000 background checks and every purchaser buys two guns that would mean 380,000 guns are sold in the retail market on Black Friday 2015 alone. If they buy three it would mean 570,000 are guns sold on Black Friday.
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