More Americans bought guns on Black Friday than any other day in history.
The FBI ran over 185,000 background checks this Black Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. That is the highest total on record. Also noteworthy: Americans buy a lot of guns in general. In the past 18 years, we have purchased some 220 million firearms.
The previous highest number of background checks in one day was just over 177,000, from Dec. 21, 2012. Recognize the date? That was exactly one week after the Sandy Hook school shooting. That particular time holds the record for most background checks in a week with nearly a million.
The third-highest total was from Black Friday, 2014. We are buying at an incredible rate, with new record gun sales each year, and no end in sight. Barack Obama’s threats to the second amendment have sold more guns than anyone in history, boosting the industry by some $9 billion dollars, according to estimates.
And the 185,000 background checks doesn’t even tell the whole story. Some of those background checks were assuredly for a purchase that included more than one gun. Also, some states allow concealed carry permit holders to purchase firearms without the FBI’s National Instant Criminal System (NICS) background check, since obtaining a permit has its own stringent requirements.
There is no telling how many new firearms we Americans actually purchased on Black Friday, but one writer safely assumes it is enough to arm another Marine Corps.