Gun background checks hit an all-time high on Black Friday

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This year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation received 203,086 background check requests for gun purchases. That's about 17,000 more requests than it received on Black Friday in 2015 and 2016, and both those years were previous record-breakers.

Guns were also a top item for bargain hunters on Black Friday.

There was a record number of firearms background checks in Colorado this Black Friday. They topped the two previous milestones that were also set on the discount-driven shopping holiday after Thanksgiving in previous years, according to USA Today.

USA Today reports that the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) received 203,086 requests for background checks, a significant increase from the previous single-day record of 185,713 requests-set a year ago on Black Friday. The number of firearms purchased could be significantly higher as one individual could buy more than one firearm at a time, as only one background check is needed during a single purchase.

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And even though gun sales were down during the first year of the Trump administration, gun sales tend to increase following mass shootings.

In the aftermath of recent mass shootings, lawmakers across states and in Washington have introduce new legislation that would limit the sale of certain firearms or accessories.

The FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) database system said they fielded 203,086 background checks on Black Friday, a day when U.S. retailers mark down prices on their products to kick off the annual holiday gift-shopping period.

Sessions said the November 5 shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, by Devin Kelley, a former Air Force serviceman who had a 2012 conviction for domestic assault, showed that not all the necessary information was being added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS.

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