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 8:49PM
How would any of you right-wing nuts like to take money from a liberal? Huh? . . . Ya, that got your attention.

Here's the deal. I am willing to bet ANY Republican $10,000 that over the next 4 years, Obama will NOT take away your guns.

That's right... TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS (in memory of Mitt Romney).

So come on, Republicans. Man up. If you are right, and Obama takes away your guns, you get $10k. But if I am right, and you still have your guns in 4 years, you have to pay me. Let's do this. Put your money where your mouth is.

Come on, Republicans. Show us how deep your convictions go. If you truly believe you are right, then you have the chance to make $10k from one of those dirty liberals.

Let's do it, cowards. I'm calling out every single Republican. Prove that you really believe what you say. Put your money on your belief.

Nov 29, 2012 8:45PM
Nov 29, 2012 8:43PM
The major stores in my area all had very attractive sales on fire arms for Black Friday. Gun makers and sellers were both pushing for huge sales. And as the fabled Mayan Calendar runs down, we will have kooks like during December 1999!
Nov 29, 2012 8:42PM

America which has 300 million of the World's 7000 million population has 10,000% more arms and ammunition than the rest of the 6.5 billion of the Earth's total population.

Their is bound to be a a tremendous mass killing event here in this country. Call it a war, a Tea Party revolt, a right-wing conservative correction or whatever; a high volume of ex-Europeans who call themselves "real Americans" are destined to inflict a massive slaughter on all other peoples not fitting to their ideals.

Nov 29, 2012 8:42PM
If guns are evil why do cops wear them?!
Nov 29, 2012 8:39PM
Don't let the name calling bother you. Like little children liberals accuse others of hating them when they don't get their way.
Nov 29, 2012 8:39PM

I wonder how many of the Black Friday gun buyers were first-time gun owners - and how many were rednecks and skinheads just adding to the arsenals they already have...


The only purpose of a gun is to kill at a distance.  Or, if at close range, fire MANY bullets at the target (see Gabby Giffords). The "recipients" of those bullets don't have to be doing anything wrong or dangerous - the gun itself makes no value judgements. The owner/shooter does that, and there are too many nutjobs out there with too many guns. Gun nuts keep telling us that there are millions of "responsible gun owners" out there. But almost every week we see news reports about a FORMER "responsible gun owner" who planned or perpetrated a massacre. This isn't one-on-one, but the target is an entire schoolroom or mall or movie theater or workplace. This isn't self-defense, but a deliberate desire to end the lives of multiple people (including children) who have not done a thing to deserve it. This isn't done by criminals; it's done by people who, YESTERDAY, were "responsible gun owners."

Nov 29, 2012 8:31PM
there is something wrong going on can't put my finger on it.i have never been this eneasy about anything i have spent 8yrs in the USMC seen some sh!t. but there is something not quite right and i believe other people are feeling it too. we don't get much info from our elected officials or our so called media.i believe it is best to be prepared.and it not the criminals i am  worried about.
Nov 29, 2012 8:27PM
When the government collapses, which it will, because the idiots in Washington will run this nut and shell game right until it hits the wall and even as it collapses they will still be saying to remain calm they'll get it taken care of... Problem is they don't take care of it, forever kick the can down the road for the next guy, so the people have several options... use the guns to survive because your money will be worth s**t plus there'll be no food in the stores. Our they'll use the guns to justify why a few have screwed it up for so many.... 70% are oblivious because football and the Kartrashians are on but 30% of us see the writing on the wall and we'll prepare... any way we can. Politicians are walking on shaky ground... I wonder if they even know?
Nov 29, 2012 8:14PM

we no longer live in a free country. we live in a world of social dependendents who have chosen to trade freedom and responsibility for "free" cheese and a promise of security.

the enforcement of drug and firearm prohibition has allowed the gov to turn this country into a pig powered police state and everyday it is becoming more and more like the USSR. don't believe me? type in <border patrol> on youtube and watch video of illegal roadblocks

Definately because of the election. Now if we can just divide the US in half and let us run our own selfs and let the liberals run themselves, we can see who wins in a year..
Nov 29, 2012 8:10PM
I have a personal wepon for protection and several more for recreation. Enjoy target  and skeet shooting. People have to realize you don't have to have a gun to kill someone. If a person wants to kill bad enough , he can use anything for a weapon.
Nov 29, 2012 8:10PM
So let me get this straight... The President has NOT said one thing about taking guns away, NOT ONE THING. In fact, the President signed into law the ability to carry guns in MORE places.

Then the NRA and gun manufacturers "tell you" that he is going to take your gun away, so you immediately run out and give them your money. You just hand over your money, because they scared you into believing that the President... who has not said one word about taking your guns... is secretly planning to take your guns.

You fall for this crap, which is an obvious ploy to get your money and sell more of their product. You take the bait hook, line and sinker... then claim to be the smart one?

Well in that case... BREAKING NEWS: The President is planning on taking away cars, because he says cars are dangerous and kill people. Quick, go out and buy as many cars as you can before the President takes them away.

What? That is a ridiculous idea and you don't believe me? Oh the irony.

Nov 29, 2012 8:09PM
Because the government keeps taking more of our money & freedom, telling lies, more & more corruption, eroding the republic, rewarding laziness & dependence, and it's general contribution to inevitable downfall of this country as we know it
Nov 29, 2012 8:00PM
According to the government, hunting for recreation is good if done in a lawful manner. That means hunters go to an approved agent and buy a permission slip (hunting license), then they can kill wild animals with modern weapons for recreation to their hunting licence limit (don't forget to be a good "sportsman" and tag your kill). But if someone is hungry and too good to take gov's "free" cheese in a welfare office and they kill a wild animal to avert starvation, well that's a serious crime. W T F?
Nov 29, 2012 7:56PM
I think the guy in the picture needs more pens and pencils in his bib.
Nov 29, 2012 7:56PM
Anything to boost the economy....go for it.
Nov 29, 2012 7:55PM
The NRA promotes gun safety, gun training and responsibility. If car owners were only half as safe and repsonsible.
Nov 29, 2012 7:54PM
Send lawyers, guns, and money.  Dad, get me outa this!
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