It’s no secret shoppers go crazy on Black Friday, but this year, so did gun owners with background checks breaking records of previous Black Fridays.
It wasn’t just retail workers who had to work crazy hours this Black Friday. According to the FBI, its 600 workers, plus an additional 100 hired just for the day, worked up to 17 hours to process the 175,000 gun background checks that came in to the office last Friday. That averages three a second, and broke records for Black Friday gun sales.
This Black Friday was only 2,000 checks off from the highest day ever. On December 12, 2012, the last day on the Mayan calender, gun background checks soared to 177,000 in a single day.
Although background checks took much longer than normal, with some shoppers saying they waited at least five hours, most did not complain about the extra time. They understand its necessity and, like the rest of us, want to keep guns out of the wrong hands.
Any time a gun is purchased through a licensed retailer, the retailer submits certain identifying information, such as social security number, name, and date of birth to the FBI’s call center for a background check. While most people have no issue, up to 500 of the 58,000 checks done daily are denied for either lack of information or because of their history.
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There are 10 things that can make the FBI deny a background check: a convicted felony, an arrest warrant, documentation of a drug problem, mental illness, undocumented immigration status, dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Military or a violent offense that led to more than one year in prison.
Of the 21 million requests processed in 2013, only 1.1 percent did not pass.