National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reports are in and totaled, and this past Nov. 28 became the second-highest guns-sales day in history — and the largest Black Friday sales day ever.
The New York Post reported that riots in Ferguson, Missouri drove sales up nationwide this year.
NICS, the FBI gun-background-check agency, reported that it processed 175,754 transactions on Nov. 28, which means an average of three transactions were processed every second, triple the normal daily volume, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
The highest day ever was 177,170 background checks on Dec. 21, 2012, one week after the Sandy Hook school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
Additionally, adjusted numbers for November 2014 (1,329,688) make it the second-highest November (following November 2012) on record for the 16-year-old system.
The adjusted NICS data were derived by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks used by several states such as Connecticut, Illinois, and Utah for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases. While not a direct correlation to firearms sales, the NSSF-adjusted NICS data provides a more accurate picture of current market conditions. For additional information on NICS or to view a complete set of the current monthly NICS reports please click here.
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