If you are a gun enthusiast like Laura and me you may have already seen these stats. But, in case you have not, and this kind of “coat-tails” in off of my last post, here it is. On November 26th the FBI release a report about NICS inquiries for this past Black Friday. NICS stands for the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Checks System. This is what is used each time a person purchase a firearm from a store or gun dealer. The dealer will call a special number, provide your information, and will be told in a matter of seconds if you have a criminal record! On a side note, some people are under the impression that the form you fill out when buying a firearm is a state or national gun registration. Pay attention kids next time you fill one out… no where on that document does it ever ask what kind, make or model of gun is being purchased! At least for now this is NO federal firearms registration. Thankfully it is still illegal!
So, her are the facts, you can read them, they are quite impressive. THAT is why I can assure you that “someone” is paying close attention. See the quote from the article from the National Shooting Sports Foundation Website:
“A new single-day record for point-of-sale background checks was established on Black Friday, November 23, when 154,873 were conducted by the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). That total was nearly 20 percent more than the previous high of 129,166 set on Black Friday last year. Since a federal background check is mandatory for every firearm sold at retail, background check activity serves as an indicator of retail gun sales.
Black Fridays, which occur the day after Thanksgiving, historically have been among the most active days for firearms purchases. As the chart shows, five of the top 10 most active single days for federal background checks were Black Fridays.
“Responsible firearms ownership is popular, mainstream and growing,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “Americans in record numbers are choosing to own firearms for target shooting, hunting, collecting and personal and home protection.”
The new one-day record was not unexpected, as NSSF pointed out in a recent blog post, given reports of increased gun sales following the election of President Barack Obama to a second term and also hunting license sales increasing.
Saturday’s total of 88,419 background checks also earned it a spot among the top ten most active single days.
NICS also reported that during this record period for background checks some firearms retailers calling into the NICS Section experienced extended wait times. However, the NICS E-Check system was up and running. NICS encourages federal firearms licensees (FFLs) to enroll with the NICS E-Check system to avoid extended wait times. FFLs can learn more about enrolling in NICS E-Check by visiting the NICS FFL Web site.”
To put the last 4 years Black Friday NICS inquires into perspective for you… What do you think about that?