Gun sales see record Black Friday

Buyers swamped dealers, causing the FBI center that handles background checks to crash twice.

By Kim Peterson Nov 29, 2012 3:21PM
Credit: Seth Perlman/AP
Caption: Steve Swartz, owner of Capitol City Arms Supply, shows off some of the rifles for sale in Springfield, Ill.,Was there something in this year's turkeys that made folks want to buy a gun?

The day after Thanksgiving saw a record number of background-check requests from gun dealers. The calls came in so fast and furious, in fact, that the FBI centers that handle the requests crashed twice that day, USA Today reports.

Though accurate gun sales numbers are hard to come by, the overwhelming activity suggests that Black Friday was one for the record books for the firearm industry.

The FBI thought it was prepared for the day, particularly after hitting its previous one-day record on Black Friday 2011. That day, the bureau's call center took 129,166 requests.

But this year, the bureau took 154,873 calls, or about a 20% increase. You can't equate that to number of guns sold, however. The buyer may have decided against a purchase at the last minute. Or the buyer might have picked up more than one gun.

What was the reason for the new sales? Observers point to three areas. First, President Obama's re-election may be spurring fears of a new crackdown on guns. Obama hasn't exactly done much in this area -- in fact he signed a law in his first term allowing loaded guns in national parks -- but he did suggest in one of the presidential debates that he was in favor of reintroducing an assault weapons ban.

Another reason is a growing interest in guns on the part of women. The National Rifle Association says that women are its fastest-growing membership group. A final reason is that hunting and other shooting sports are gaining in popularity. MSN Money's Bruce Kennedy reported Wednesday that there was a 9% increase in hunters last year compared with 2006.

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Nov 29, 2012 6:03PM
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Cracker gun-lovers are getting ready for the race war!
Nov 29, 2012 6:03PM
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I already have my AR15 anyway so im not worried. Whats taking you so long to own one?
Nov 29, 2012 6:03PM
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Firearms save lives, imagine an unarmed law enforcement, would look like old black and white keystone cops films. Illegal immigration is another cause for self defence. Illegal immigrants are criminals, criminals from another country. You can never ban guns. guns will still be made and used by someone. If you could ban guns what would you ban next? Knives, garden tools? rocks? anything can become a weapon. If we exclude rap ghetto mobster culture an Armed Society can be a Polite Society.

Nov 29, 2012 6:02PM
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Listen to the NRA, the country will be a lot safer when everybody owns a gun.
Nov 29, 2012 6:02PM
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Just ask any woman who was raped if she wished she had a gun while she was being assaulted. 100% of rape victims support the 2nd Amendment. It's that simple.

Nov 29, 2012 6:02PM
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Obama is not trying to take guns away. Just because he supports a ban on so called "Assault Weapons" and I own one, doesnt mean he does not support peoples rights to have other firearms.

Reading all the comments from parinod delusional and mentally ill people on here makes me think that taking away some guns might not be a bad idea!

Nov 29, 2012 6:01PM
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Wow! Nothing rings in Christmas like gunfire. Maybe Santa armed the elves as well. I forgot,

castle laws will let you shoot them. Good will to all.

Nov 29, 2012 5:57PM
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Natural Blonde 2012, I am trying to resist the urge to use what you have said as a joke about blondes. The NRA does not encourage hate through gun ownership. What is proven time and time again to encourage and even foster hate is ignorance. If you don't want to own a gun, don't buy one. No one is forcing gun ownership on anyone. 
Nov 29, 2012 5:57PM
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Sex, horsepower, and guns! 3 things you can never have too much of!
Nov 29, 2012 5:52PM
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What most Americans have lost is the understanding that the second amendment allows us to enjoy the benefits of all the other amendments. A gun is just a tool like a hammer. Last I knew hammers weren't being blamed for promoting hate.
Nov 29, 2012 5:50PM
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Nothing, and I mean NOTHING makes my morning Wheaties taste sweeter than to read a bunch of bed wetting Democrat libtards wet themselves over this news. WAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH! Go wet your beds, you mindless children occupying adult bodies.

And I'm a PROUD CONTRIBUTOR to these stats. Now SUCK IT!

Nov 29, 2012 5:49PM
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It's hard to know exactly what's going on without being able to see some kind of breakdown on what types of firearms are seeing the largest growth in selling.

One thing that MAY be happening is that a lot of older firearms in use for two or more generations are being 'retired' from active use and modern replacements are being purchased for use in the field while 'Dad's' or 'Grandpa's' rifle or shotgun is being relegated to the wall, closet, or vault. A lot of the Baby Boomers are starting to retire, and one thing that some people start to do when they retire is hunting (just like fishing, golf, etc.) that a guy may not have had the free time to do in many years. It is also likely a number of firearms are being passed on to younger generations and 'Dad' or 'Grandpa' is upgrading to something newer that is more comfortable, lighter weight, 'better mannered', or what have you.
Nov 29, 2012 5:49PM
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JoJoPa did his part on Black Friday & bought another AR-15. We're prepared for anything.
Nov 29, 2012 5:46PM
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After watching the walking dead, of course I want a gun... 
Nov 29, 2012 5:45PM
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Owning guns for hunting, collecting, protection, I have no problem with at all.  It is a free country so I won't tell anyone they shouldn't be allowed the right to own a gun.  

Now, owning a gun(s) because you're afraid the world's about to end and you're preparing for it = someone that should be wearing a tin foil hat.  Owning a gun(s) and feeling you need to be "strapped" at all times because everyone's a potential threat = a sad commentary on some in our society.  

The world's no more evil than what it was 100, 200, or 300 years ago.  Probably much less so today but I'll not convince anyone of that if they are incessantly paranoid.  Just my humble opinion, please proceed to tear away at me now.
Nov 29, 2012 5:43PM
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Hey ! dishwater blonde; me likes me thunder stick. It go boom !!!
Nov 29, 2012 5:43PM
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Yes....I think that their is a reckoning coming. People are afraid and when people are afraid especially when the government is getting out of hand..........that equals TYRANNY.

There is something really wrong with the world and its a lot more than the liberal media is covering.

I fear for my country and its people.......it truly isn't the same country that I was raised in......freedom my a$$, liberty yeah right and the U.S. Constitution is nothing more than toilet paper to the pundits in D.C.

Nov 29, 2012 5:42PM
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There is no logic for this gun hysteria. There have been no attempts or calls for banning guns by anyone- particularly in theis administration. Tighter regulation of who can buy and a waiting period is a sound practice, but the crackpots out there- not the sane gun owners - go crazy at the thought.

I'm 59 years old. Never had a need for a gun, to carry a knife and have never been in a fist fight in my life. What does it say about others and violence?

Nov 29, 2012 5:42PM
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Just remember that the belief that it can't happen here is on of faith not reality.  It doesn't take a lot for urban and suburban areas to be consumed by rioting and looters.  You are on your own, there is no way to sue a law enforcement agency for lack of protection.   Car jacking, home invasions, the antisocial that are prone to violence, crazies, sexual predators', drugged up people, burglars.  Protestors that are stirred up, are at present all capable of harming ou and your family.  It doesn't take much for a situation to suddenly slip into mob rule and people are getting dragged out of cars, property burned and your possessions are all gone.  Owning a gun can make it so you're escaping harm, fending off a rape or protecting your children.  If you are weak it gives you the power to stop the evil.

 

If you don't like guns please be sure to put a sign at your home proclaiming it a gun free zone so the bad guys know who to bother.

Nov 29, 2012 5:41PM
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Please read the Constitution of the United States. Article 1, Section 8, Paragraph 16. This is why not every American can own guns. The 2nd Amendment only makes sure that the all the above is protected. Please read again.
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