Black Friday shoppers sought to buy a record number of guns on the nation’s biggest retail holiday — about two every second — eclipsing a previous record set in the days after the Sandy Hook massacre.
The FBI processed a terrifying 185,345 firearms background checks — the most ever on a single day — on Black Friday, the agency said Tuesday.
While a background check does not mean a gun was purchased, the mandatory National Instant Criminal Background Check System checks are seen as the best measure for U.S. gun sales.
FBI agents ran two background checks every second on Friday, the same day three people were killed and nine others wounded in a gun rampage at a Planned Parenthood office in Colorado. The Black Friday figure was more than three times the 2014 daily average of 57,448 per day.
The record-setting figures marked a 5% increase over the 175,754 permit applications received on Black Friday 2014, which is now the third highest day on record.
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