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Black Friday 2014—2nd-Highest Gun-Sales Day Ever

NSSF Adjusted NICS Report

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.

NSSF Adjusted NICS Report
Compared to November 2013, November 2014 total checks (red bar) were up 1.7 percent compared to the adjusted NICS figure of 1,308,100 background checks the previous year. Graphic courtesy of NSSF

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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Comments (6)

  1. Michigan allows open carry. All law abiding, gun owning citizens unite.

    Open carry and let everyone know, your inalienable rights, “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”.

  2. I love how the media is touting how bad gun sales are by pointing out that Colt and Smith & Wesson are seeing lower sales. They assume, and try to convince people, that fewer guns are being sold because that tickles their liberal sensitivities. What they are ignorant of, and fail to do any quality research on, is that the real reason some of the big, established gun makers are seeing lower sales is because of competition. Plain and simple. There are more manufacturers making high quality guns, often at lower prices than manufacturers like Colt. Simple American economics.

    1. Absolutely. S&W prices are way out of line for handguns. I can find same quality for less in some other brands.

  3. Military retired, registered voter (who actually votes), prior career law enforcement/corrections, law abiding, never had a negative experience with police, pay my taxes, work over 40 hours a week, mind my own business, have worked for what I own, AND a Texas CHL holder…Black Friday…in and out of the store within 20 minutes…2 handguns purchased and paid for. No background check required. You are correct LarryBomber83…Texas…it’s like a whole other Country!

  4. What is not covered is that in the State of Texas, if you have a CHL, you are not required to call in to the NCIS to buy a weapon. There where a lot more people that are not required to wait, and can show their license and no call is required.

  5. I can’t help but laugh at some of the protagonists in this forum that acted so smug with enjoyment over the thought of gun stores being stuck with overstock.

    And then there were others that argued with me that gun sales couldn’t even be tracked and analyzed by states or regions. You all know who you are. I hope you enjoy the crow, now eat up boys.

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