Black Friday 2019 Has Second-Highest Number of Background Checks In History

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.

Leave your thoughts on this in the comments below.

About Joshua Gillem

Josh is a lifelong practitioner and student of the gun. He grew up shooting/hunting with his dad, and was given his first gun, a 12 gauge shotgun, when just a small boy. After high school, he joined the Marines where his love for firearms blossomed as he qualified with an M16A2, an M9, and a 240G. Josh has been writing about firearms and tactics for several years, owns the blog Gunners Den, is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, and believes that each individual person has the right to self-defense by any means necessary. Currently residing in gun-friendly NC, he carries a concealed gun on a daily basis, even in his own house.


  1. Frank Liso on December 3, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    If NJ gun owners, are any indication of how people in other states will react to red flag laws and gun confiscations. Progressives and democrat gun grabbers are kidding themselves. After NJ’s ban on AR-15 magazines of more than 10 rounds was enacted into law guess how many Magazines were turned in?


  2. Robert Conrad on December 3, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    My name is Robert Conrad, raised in Colorado. I was a Boy Scout and we shot 22s at camp, my first gun was a double barrel 410 I had to carry a year hunting before I was given ammo having proved I was safe, I shot 4 position 22 match competition in Denver as a young teenager, I’ve hunted most of my life and now I have a concealed carry license. I’m a member of a local gun club and I enjoy shooting at the range since I’m now 72 and haven’t hunted since I moved to Oregon. I served my country from 1969 to 1980 supporting our 2nd amendment freedom. I didn’t know until now that Democrats are a radical group that should in no way decide if I have a right or not to own and use a firearm. I think there should be a national poll on gun ownership so that the Dem-politicians quit wasting our tax dollars on their radical agenda(s).

  3. WILLIAM CORP on December 3, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Stopping the immigrants from violating our entry laws.
    Stopping the imports of foreign products and bring the factories back here.
    Get more police to walk the routes and give our enforcment people a continual education
    in law enforcement and test them periodically.
    Try not to shoot offenders but take care to stay alive as the enforcer.
    We need to get prices down so that people can afford homes and rent and food and trans portation.

  4. AK Greenwood on December 3, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Thomas Jefferson, when asked about the second amendment, said,” we don’t need the Second Amendment to protect ourselves against foreign invaders, but rather from our own corrupt government”.??????

  5. Barry Stradling on December 3, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Keep up the good work. Don’t let up keep up the fight. We love our country and our freedoms. The dangerous left wing policies must be stopped. And it must be done at the ballot box. If not we are in danger of losing our freedoms and ultimately our country. GOD BLESS have a safe and blessed Christmas and do not let your guard down.

  6. Jim Nelson on December 3, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Well said

  7. Edmund York on December 3, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    I am a 68 year old man i have served in the Army for 8 years my MOS was bravo infantry for those that do not know what 11b is.have fired more gun than the advantage person will ever shoot.I believe in the constitution I was willing the fight for our way.If you take away people’s guns then the bad guy will not be afraid of any one. Is that what the anti gun right people want?

  8. Lee on December 3, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    The ONLY gun control there is.
    Hitting the bulls eye EVERY TIME. PERIOD

    Democ rat dafftnition of gun control:


  9. bill on December 5, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    People can blather and brag about the number of gun sales in a given period , which is a good thing, however if all these commenters and posters don’t email every one they know and encourage them to vote for candidates that WILL follow the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and nationally for the same candidate it will not make one iota of a difference. I don’t know for sure how many gun owners FAILED to vote for President Trump in 2016 but I feel it was way more than the approximatly 3.5 million POPULAR VOTE margin. Almost the whole of which came from California. There are nearly 3 million or more gun owners in that state. Many did not vote and it could be a significant number. They need to pick a statewide candidate ie; senator, house member, AG and esp Governor and all vote for the same candidate. In 2 election cycles the state could change to a state that supports the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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