The American government conducted 187,585 background checks on its own citizens on November 26 alone.
The spike on checks came during Black Friday gun sales, with the government conducting an National Instant Criminal Background System (NICS) checks for every sale or transfer of a firearm that occurs in America. Good deals on guns meant more people were buying, so the government wasted no opportunity to peer into the lives of its citizens to make sure they’re complying.
Black Friday accounted for a good portion of the checks, but the week as a whole ran up an astounding figure as well. The FBI performed 687,788 NICS checks during the week of Thanksgiving.
National Shooting Sports Foundation president Joe Bartozzi commented on what the tremendous amount of background checks could mean for America:
“This figure of over 687,000 background checks is truly remarkable. This year has already been shaping up to be the second strongest year for firearm sales on record, second only to 2020’s record-breaking number of 21 million background checks for a firearm sale. We anticipate, based on annual data, that firearm sales will rise during the final month of the year coinciding with hunting seasons and holiday sales. This figure, though, underscores the appetite for lawful firearm ownership in America and the resilience of the firearm and ammunition industry to meet that demand.”
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