Background checks for gun sales on Black Friday were 129,000. That was a one-day record. It was one-third higher than any day on record: Black Friday 2008.
The actual number of firearms sold was higher. Multiple firearms can be purchased on the basis of one background check. The FBI does not track sales, only background checks.
Some gun industry analysts attributed the unusual surge to a convergence of factors, including an increasing number of first-time buyers seeking firearms for protection and women who are being drawn to sport shooting and hunting.
Larry Keane, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said 25% of the purchases typically involve first-time buyers, many of them women.
“I think there also is a burgeoning awakening of the American public that they do have a constitutional right to own guns,” Keane said.
It is odd that Black Fridays seem to be the big days for gun sales. There is no explanation.
For most families, a gun is a major purchase. They are not cheap.
The previous high was 2008. That was a recession year. It was also after Obama was elected. Things cooled off last year. But now a great reversal has taken place.
The desire of Americans to own firearms has been a constant pattern in American history. But recent sales indicate a renewed concern to buy when you can.