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FBI on Pace to Set Record for Most Background Checks for Guns

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI is on track to break the record for the most gun background checks in a single year.

The surge in background checks follows highly publicized mass shootings, with some of the largest increases coming in August and September, USA Today reports.

Firearms experts said gun sales traditionally rise amid fears of tightened gun laws.

“People respond to what they perceive as threats to their (Second Amendment) rights, and this has been going on since August,” Larry Keane, general counsel for the firearms industry trade group National Shooting Sports Foundation, tells USA Today.

So far this year, the FBI has conducted at least 2 million background checks every month – the most since the bureau began conducting the checks.

The record for annual background checks is 27.5 million, and the FBI is on pace to beat that record.

Guns sales traditionally spike on Black Friday.

“The rising numbers may be a symptom of a reawakened gun owner community,” Robert Spitzer, a political science professor at the State University of New York in Cortland, said. “How far you can go in that direction is yet to be determined, but it does suggest how flexible the market is for gun sales.”

FBI: Background Checks for Guns Surge to Record High on Black Friday

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Black Friday continues to break records for the number of requests for background checks for gun purchases.

The bureau received 203,086 requests for background checks Friday, breaking the record of 185,713 in 2016 and 185,345 in 2015.

Anyone who wants to purchase a gun at a federally licensed dealer is required to undergo background checks.

The numbers come from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, a government database used for background checks on gun buyers.

The number of background checks have increased every year since the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Connecticut.

FBI Processed Record Number of Gun Background Checks on Black Friday

gun rugerBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI processed a whopping 185,345 firearm background checks on Black Friday, marking the highest single-day number since the bureau began conducting background checks in 1998, the Associated Press reports. 

The previous record was on Dec. 21, 2012, about a week after a deadly shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school.

The background checks for gun purchases rose about 5% over the past Black Friday.

The record-number background checks come after the Planned Parenthood shootings and the terrorist attacks in Paris.