FBI receives record-breaking 200,000 gun checks on Black Friday

By Daniel Uria  |  Nov. 26, 2017 at 1:40 PM
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Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The FBI received more than 200,000 background check requests for gun purchases on Black Friday, the bureau reported.

In total the FBI received 203,086 gun background check requests, required for purchases at federally licensed firearm dealers, on the major U.S. shopping day, USA Today reported.

The requests broke previous single-day records of 185,713 and 185,345 on Black Friday in 2016 and 2015 respectively, according to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System database.

The number of background checks doesn't represent the actual number of guns sold, as multiple firearms can be purchased in one transaction.

The record number of background checks comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for a review of the system on Wednesday, following the Nov. 5 mass shooting at a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church that killed 26 people, including the shooter.

Gunman Devin Kelley passed background checks through the NICS after the Air Force failed to enter a domestic violence conviction that would have prevented him from legally owning a firearm.

Eight Senators from both parties also introduced legislation to boost compliance with the federal background check system on gun sales on Nov. 16.

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