- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Big box stores and shopping malls across the country weren’t the only retailers benefiting from a rush of Black Friday shoppers. A record number of gun buyers also flooded shops according to FBI data, which showed background checks surged to record numbers.

On Nov. 27, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 185,345 requests, the largest number of checks performed in a single day.

The previous Black Friday record, set last year, was just over 175,000 background checks and the previous single-day record, set Dec. 21, 2012, was 177,000. 

FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer told The Trace that this year’s checks “shattered the single-day record” and averaged out to more than two background checks every second. 

Previous spikes in the number of background checks have typically occurred after prominent mass shootings. The previous single-day record in December 2012 came on the heels of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. 

This Black Friday fell on the same day as the shooting incident at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs that left three people dead and nine injured. 

It is important to note that the number of background checks does not indicate the number of guns sold. A customer who passes a background check may purchase more than one gun. 

Licensed sellers deny sales to failed background checks based on a variety of factors including criminal backgrounds, domestic violence convictions or restraining orders.

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