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Record Black Friday Gun Sales

by Robert W. Hunnicutt   |  November 27th, 2012 1

“Black Friday” is, in retail folklore, the day that businesses “get in the black” for the year as post-Thanksgiving shoppers stock up on Christmas gifts.

With more than two years of steady year-over-year growth, firearms retailers probably didn’t need a big Friday to get in the black, but they got one anyway. As the National Shooting Sports Federation reported:

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.”

Actually, a NICS check is not required for every sale, since some states do their own checks or exempt concealed carry permit holders. But that only means that the total sales were even greater than reported by the FBI.

The National Instant Check System reported delays for phone background checks, but said its computerized E-Check system was keeping up with the demand. NICS encourages FFL holders to enroll with the E-Check system to avoid long wait times. FFLs can learn more about enrolling in NICS E-Check by visiting the NICS FFL Web site.

It’s a fair bet that a great percentage of the guns being bought these days are black guns and pistols, and that greatly complicates life for the Dianne Feinstein wing of the Democratic Party. It was one thing to try to ban AR-15s when a hardcore few were buying them out of SGN. It’s quite another when Wal-Mart is selling them by the truckload.

The Brady Campaign and other anti-gun groups are peddling the story that all this buying of guns is just the same bunch of firearms fanatics cramming their gun safes even tighter, but the numbers are just too huge for that notion to get traction. These sales numbers mean more and more foot soldiers for our side of the conflict, and even Mike Bloomberg’s billions can’t overcome that.

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