Americans recognize a threat to their Second Amendment rights when they hear it. And they’ve been hearing it in ever more strident tones for months now. The result: the latest Democrat-fueled gun boom is well and truly on. And the buying frenzy led to the second-largest NICS check volume in FBI history on Friday.
The FBI fielded more than 200,000 background checks on Black Friday gun purchases, continuing a steady surge this year following a series of mass shootings that have renewed calls for more restrictive gun laws.
In all, the bureau posted 202,465 checks Friday, an 11% increase from last year and falling just short of the single-day record: 203,086 in 2017.
While background checks, required for purchases at federally licensed firearm dealers, are not a measure of actual gun sales, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System is a way to gauge market demand. The number of firearms sold Friday is likely higher because multiple firearms can be included in one transaction by a single buyer.