Black Friday Background Checks Soar To Record High

The tragedy recently prompted Attorney General Jeff Sessions to order an extensive review of the bureau's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which allowed Air Force veteran Devin Kelley to purchase the firearms used in the massacre. There were 185,713 background check requests reviewed that day. 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 past year, NPR reports.

These numbers only reflect the amount of people who applied to purchase a gun, not the number of actual gun sales. Two of the industry's biggest manufactures, Remington Arms Company and Browning Arms Company, offered cash rebates of up to $200 on shotguns and $100 on rifles this year, the cable news network reported. Cabela's, a national retailer, offered a 14-day sale on rifle, handgun and ammunition deals. And if the new record for single-day gun background checks set Friday is any indication, those retailers' efforts appear to have worked. This is also higher than the 185,345 requests in 2015. State officials have said it was the largest mass shooting in Texas' history.

"People should not be able to make their own assault weapons and other guns when those individuals are risky and legally barred from buying guns", Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, told USA Today.

The number of background checks will not equate into the number of guns sold, as a prospective buyer can purchase more than one gun.

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Sessions said he was directing the Federal Bureau of Investigation and ATF to determine if the Defense Department and other government agencies were properly reporting information to the database. A background check on the Texas church shooter, for instance, should have prevented him from being able to purchase a firearm due to his court martial.

The number of background checks shouldn't be seen as a precise barometer for sales because one person can buy several firearms with one transaction.

RTSP, a gun store and range in Randolph, New Jersey, surpassed last year's Black Friday for sales, and that carried through the weekend for the store's highest-grossing week since February, said Rick Friedman, the CEO.

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