facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

U.S. gun sales surge on Black Friday

Dec. 2, 2011 at 5:04 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The FBI says it was inundated with requests for background checks from prospective gun buyers during last week's Black Friday holiday shopping crush.

The FBI marked a single-day record of 129,166 requests for background checks that are required to purchase a gun, an increase of 32 percent over the previous record, bureau records indicate.

USA Today said Friday the actual number of firearms sold was likely higher because a buyer can buy more than one weapon with a single background check.

A spokesman for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence said he suspected the uptick was due to gun manufacturers jumping into the Black Friday frenzy.

But Larry Keane, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, told USA Today 25 percent of gun purchases typically involve first-time buyers. "I think there also is a burgeoning awakening of the American public that they do have a constitutional right to own guns," he opined.

Topics: Black Friday
© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Bill Clinton hints he expects to be grandfather by first of October Bill Clinton hints he expects to be grandfather by first of October
2
Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house
3
Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison
4
School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked
5
Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback