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FBI: Black Friday Background Checks ‘Shattered Single-Day Record’


A record number of gun-buyers flooded into retail stores on Black Friday, according to federal data, which showed that background checks surged to an unprecedented 185,345.

The previous Black Friday record, set last year, was just over 175,000 background checks. The previous single-day record, set December 21, 2012, was approximately 177,000.


FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer said “Black Friday [2015] shattered the single-day record with 185,345 background checks processed in a 24-hour period — or slightly more than two background-checks every second,” according to The Trace, a group of journalists who tend to favor gun-control.

That makes Black Friday 2015 the highest single day for background checks ever.

The FBI had predicted that Black Friday would break records, as it followed unprecedented sales from May through October.

Breitbart News previously reported that May, June, July, August, September, and October were all record-breaking months for background checks. May had the most background checks of any May on record, June had the most of any June, July of any July, and so forth.

It is important to note that the number of background checks performed does not necessarily indicate the number of guns sold, as background checks are performed on the buyers of guns rather than the guns being bought.

Many buyers who passed a background check may have purchased more than one gun. If only 9 percent of buyers bought two guns each, then the total number of guns bought on Friday exceeded 200,000.

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