FBI Ran Almost 200,000 Background Checks on Black Friday as Gun Sales Boom
Black Friday 2021 NICS checks surpassed those of 2020,
On Black Friday alone, the FBI conducted 187,585 National Instant Criminal Background System (NICS) checks on gun sales, according to reports.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), Black Friday 2021 NICS checks surpassed those of 2020, which was 186,645.
The NSSF observed the FBI performed a total of 687,788 NICS checks during the entire week, which included black Friday.
NSSF president Joe Bartozzi also noted the sheer volume of background checks.
"This figure of over 687,000 background checks is truly remarkable," Bartozzi said.
"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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The number of NICS checks in October 2021 was also the second-highest number of checks ever for that month.
There were also similar data for September 2021, with the second-most NICS checks of any September in history.
In September, there were 2,626,389 NICS checks, second only to the 2,892,115 conducted in September 2020.
During the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, America also saw a massive spike in gun sales.
Neon Nettle reported:
The uncertainty spurred by the pandemic saw new gun owners falling into the demographic of minorities, and women.
2020 was the highest gun sale year since records began, USA Today reported.
According to data from an analysis of FBI background checks, the number takes the total gun sales for this year up to 11 million.
Mark Oliva of the industry trade group National Shooting Sports Foundation says the numbers show Americans have a "strong appetite" for exercising their Second Amendment rights amid the current climate.