Washington, DC - Black Friday was the biggest day on record for FBI background checks, which loosely track nationwide gun sales. The FBI reported 203,000 background checks for gun sales on Friday, alone.
It’s typically the biggest day of the year for gun purchases and therefore background checks, fueled by holiday shopping and the fall hunting season. The previous record of 185,000 background checks on Black Friday 2016 narrowly beat the record set on Black Friday 2015.
Gun sales have slumped since the presidential election. With President Trump in office and Republicans running Congress, the prospect of tighter federal gun control receded. That had driven sales under the Obama administration and during Trump's campaign against Hillary Clinton.
It's too early to say whether the strong Black Friday sales indicate a reversal of the weak year for sales, said Rommel Dionisio, gun industry analyst for Aegis Capital Corp. That's because "there were aggressive discounts and promotions being run on Black Friday by major industry players such as Remington," he said.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) InstaCheck Unit also recorded its biggest Black Friday numbers in the history of the unit.
The CBI InstaCheck team conducted 4,779 background checks for firearms transfers between 12:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 24, 2017.
CBI InstaCheck is the point of contact for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) program for the State of Colorado. Approximately one dozen states serve in this capacity. CBI InstaCheck technicians analyze eight different federal, state and local databases as part of the background check process for firearms transfers to ensure an individual can legally possess a firearm.