Black Friday Background Checks Soar To Record High

What Was One Of The Hot Black Friday Buys This Year? Guns

Last week the Department of Justice ordered a review of the background check system to determine whether law enforcement agencies are properly reporting crimes to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 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 a year ago, NPR reports.

The database is meant to prevent criminals and other Americans barred from owning guns from purchasing them.

The FBI received more than 203,000 requests for background checks on gun purchases on Black Friday, the agency said, a record for one day.

A quick search of the NICS database shows the previous single-day record was on Black Friday 2016.

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Gun sales have slowed down this year after unusually strong demand around the presidential election a year ago.

The U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee said earlier this month it would investigate the Air Force's failure to notify the Federal Bureau of Investigation of Kelley's criminal record.

The number comes as Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a comprehensive review of the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System Wednesday in regards to the deadly Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting in early November which left 25 people dead.

While gun sales have been surging in recent years - largely driven by fears of more restrictive gun laws proposed during the Obama administration - gun check numbers had leveled off in the first months of the pro-gun Trump administration.

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The NCIS is to created to allow instant background checks on prospective gun owners.

The Texas church massacre has "revealed that that relevant information may not be getting reported to the NICS - this is alarming and it is unacceptable".

Sales rose after former President Barack Obama's election - due to fears he would restrict them- and have fallen since Donald Trump became United States president.

Gun sales have generally risen during periods when lawmakers have indicated that they may take action to restrict gun ownership.

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The $1.52 billion in online spend by Thanksgiving evening represents 16.8 percent growth from past year , according to the data. Big sales are expected on Black Friday , but it may not compare to what's to come on Cyber Monday .

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