From: Hank Ashmore
The Deplorable Infidel
The FBI fielded more than 200,000 background checks on Black Friday gun purchases, continuing a steady surge this year following a series of mass shootings that have renewed calls for more restrictive gun laws. In all, the bureau posted 202,465 checks Friday, an 11% increase from last year and falling just short of the single-day record: 203,086 in 2017. While background checks, required for purchases at federally licensed firearm dealers, are not a measure of actual gun sales, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System is a way to gauge market demand. The number of firearms sold Friday is likely higher because multiple firearms can be included in one transaction by a single buyer.
Black Friday traditionally has been one of the busiest for FBI analysts, but this year’s one-day number comes amid rising monthly volumes that are approaching the one-year record of 27.5 million in 2016. Some of the biggest spikes came in August and September after attacks in El Pasco and Odessa, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, that left 38 people dead. Past spikes in background checks have been driven by fears that lawmakers would tighten gun laws. For the first time since the bureau began conducting checks in 1998, the number of monthly checks has not fallen below 2 million this year.
In 2016, when the Obama administration sought tougher gun control legislation, the FBI was inundated with requests for background checks. That’s the year the bureau processed a record number of checks. This year, the FBI has requested additional money and personnel to deal with the workload. FBI Director Christopher Wray, in testimony this year before a House committee, cited increasing background checks in his request for 40 new positions and $4.2 million. Some of the money would be used for new equipment.
Gun check numbers need only remain steady for the rest of the year to break the annual record. The FBI recorded nearly 23 million checks through the end of October. But the political calendar and continuing gun violence is likely to keep demand up.
Source: USA TODAY
“If our country is to survive and prosper, we must summon the courage to condemn and reject the liberal agenda, and we had better do it soon.”
AN OPINION FROM THE DEPLORABLE INFIDEL
The more the moron American hating Democrats preach gun control, the more gun sales go up. If there were an award for national gun salesman of the year, Barack Obama would have won it eight years in a row, while he was in office.
A SIMPLE TRUTH FOR TODAY
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined, nor determined to commit crimes.”