U.S. Sees Highest Black Friday Gun Sales in Recorded History newsweek,com’s headline proclaims. “According to the FBI, there were more than 175,000 background checks on Friday, making it the busiest Black Friday in recorded history.” Normally, a gun buying surge preceeds or accompanies the threat of government regulation. This Black Friday ballistic blowout came after pro-gun Republicans stomped anti-gun Democrats at the polls. OK, there was the Washington State universal background check fiasco. But generally speaking, gun times are good. So what gives? Was Ferguson a factor? What did you buy and why do you think so many people bought firearms last weekend?