The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted 202,465 background checks for the purchase of guns on black Friday, 2019. This is the second-highest number of background checks conducted on a single day since being recorded starting in 1998.
This number is second only to black Friday in 2017, when 203,086 gun background checks were ran.
For a comparison, this black Friday saw an 11 percent increase from 2018, where 182,093 checks were done.
And in fact, to compare further, both September and October showed sales that were up approximately 11% over the same months in 2018.
Background Check Accuracy
Before we get too excited, we have to understand that these numbers likely don't reflect what's going on with 100% accuracy. Still, it's an indicator that things are moving along as we hope they would.
These numbers aren't likely 100% accurate because at least a handful of states don't require a background check for each and every gun sale, but require a concealed carry permit. My home state of North Carolina works that way, for example.
Whenever I go pick up a new gun at my local FFL, I hand them my permit which I had to undergo a background check for, and it's sufficient to take the place of a background check each time I get a new gun.
Each time I need to renew my permit I go through the background check again.
Political Landscape Heating Up
One of the reasons that at least some of these guns are being purchased is because of the political landscape beginning to heat up more. We are coming up on a big election year and many of the politicians on the other side of the aisle are running on the promises of gun control.
As if to flip those gun controllers a big old bird, over 200,000 people bought guns in a single day. And we will continue to flip that bird for the rest of this year, into the next, and as far as I can see, gun ownership isn't going to slow down anytime soon.
A Record Breaking Year
If things continue on this path without letting up, this year could be the highest background check year since the FBI started doing the checks in 1998. And, even if it's not a record breaking year, we're still showing the gun grabbers what we think about their proposed gun control measures.
But hey, good luck confiscating our guns. Good luck confiscating even just those 200,000 guns bought on a single day last week.
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