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 7:53PM
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Those who would google for "Economic problems 2012" or some similar search will quickly learn why many more Americans are arming themselves. Europe is looking pretty weak. China's export markets are looking pretty dim. France is gaining ground to becoming Europe's latest biggest economic disaster. The U.S. is not addressing its spending addiction nor the approaching entitlement/public employees retirement freight train. It appears to more and more Americans that government is "kicking the (so called) can" right into America's balls. Americans are confronted with the thought that they may have to use guns to protect themselves from others who might use guns against them. The American economy is NOT recovering quickly enough, not especially in relation to the creation of new government debt. What happens to me if I spend far more than I can hope to repay? I will lose everything. What happens when our government spends more that it can possibly repay? We all lose everything. The value of your money is in government's hands. Does that make you feel good? If not, buy guns and lots of ammo.

Nov 29, 2012 7:53PM
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Obama is the best gun salesman in history!   I bought  one rifle and plan on buying two handguns by Christmas!
Nov 29, 2012 7:53PM
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Guns make abortion clinics nervous, they want to kill the unborn in comfort. Its kind of odd how most anti-gunners are pro abortion. Kind of puts a stain on that facade they play of non-violence. maybe antigunners love violence and murder but have a prefrance that the victim (like an unborn child) cannot defend themselves.
Nov 29, 2012 7:53PM
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when voters made a choice for prez, most people chose between a communist muslim that hates america and the former leader of a pig powered police state where it is illegal for most people to have a gun. if you use a gun in massachussettes to defend yourself (even in your own house) you will be prosecuted for murder. and you people who call yourselves conservatives wanted this commie bastard to be our next prez?
Nov 29, 2012 7:52PM
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Motives and Obvious separation of race and class has been hidden for a while now. Some who believe that they are an elite race or class  are staring to feel as if their position is being threatened, and poor and minorities can see that more clearly... so clear in fact that one feels compelled to protect themselves or prepare themselves for worst case scenarios...  and this just results from hundreds of years of moral differences, and our current economic stage.. added, the more hostile and desperate a man gets, the harder making rational decisions become... 
Nov 29, 2012 7:45PM
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You Bet, better stock up now on guns and plenty of ammo before the obama zombies attack and try to pass some stupid bill on gun control....Also when the unemployed zombies come pouring out of the cities looking for food and shelter you better be prepared....
Nov 29, 2012 7:42PM
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An armed man is a citizen, an unarmed man is a subject!
Nov 29, 2012 7:41PM
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Guns don't kill people, Rappers kill people!
Nov 29, 2012 7:40PM
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Hunting is up because food banks can no longer keep up with demand and the fact government surplus food supplies are almost depleted thanks to Obama's tanking economy that hasn't produced self sustaining employment for the people of this country.
Nov 29, 2012 7:32PM
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ALSO --- if it happens, I shut down the electronics, and depend on my OWN radar .... woodsmanship and survival skills I have learned from a post-WWII seniority.  Don't MESS with a mountaineer....
Nov 29, 2012 7:30PM
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Everyone should own a firearm to protect themselves.  The more bad guys that die, the less you have to worry about.  (as long as its in self defense or protecting your home and family of course).  If bad people have them, then everyone should have them. (50/50 chance unless you are trained to use them the odds are even better for you)  thats better than having nothing.  THANK GOD for our Constitution.  Our forfathers seem to be street smarter than some of our current leaders.
Nov 29, 2012 7:29PM
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Gun sales see record Black Friday

And I'm laughing all the way to the bank with my stock profits.
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Nov 29, 2012 7:28PM
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My employer is a bow/gun dealer.  He keeps saying that the re-election of Obama has been the best boost in gun sales in years.

Nov 29, 2012 7:27PM
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AWWWWWWW....Wonder if it's due to the reality that we all face another 4 years of "Abomanation"?  Go figure!!  We're not talking militia, here --- merely SURVIVAL!!   Sheesh!  "Ground Zero" has another meaning, ya know, and it's not associated with "9/11".  It's what's used to refer to an center of a nuclear STRIKE!  If that happens, we ALL better remember our Boy Scout survival skills, and then some.   Modern firearms will help, until Obama bans ammo production....
Nov 29, 2012 7:27PM
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One thing people do not generally know (and are certainly not taught anymore in school) is that in the time of our forefathers, there was no "List" of people who were in the militia. All able bodied men were subject to the call to defend ones lives and property. In that day and age they were required to have a musket, ball and black powder and keep same in working order ready to respond to the call at a moments notice. The "Militia" was the embodiment of the people themselves ... not an organized group like we have today. This is why the forefathers phrased the 2nd amendment as they did because the militia was not a govt sponsered group. In their minds it was the duty of every citizen to respond to the call and they could not do that without having the right to bear arms. I was actually very surprised that the Supreme Court vote on this issue was as close as it was (5-4) because I was hoping the justices had the same education I had on the issue.
Nov 29, 2012 7:24PM
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I have a couple rifles, a shotgun and a couple pistols.  I have ammunition.  These are legal and are enough to defend my life, liberty and property against criminal attack.
I don't get it when some folks feel the "NEED" to buy more and more and more weapons.
I only want one more piece: a nickel plated Desert Eagle .50 caliber.
And ammo..
Nov 29, 2012 7:14PM
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It is amazing how so many people want to infringe on the Constitutional Rights of American citizens.  It is our right to own and bear a firearm if we are "legally" capable of doing so.  Why do so many of you negative, cognitively impaired individuals feel the need to try and remove us from our rights. 

 

Many say that gun owners are freaks, non educated, psychopaths, etc.  All negative, condascending and belittling comments only show YOUR true ignorance.  I myself, along with many I know, are very much educated, very responsible and no where near being that of your stereotyped psychopaths that you claim to know so much about.  Makes me curious as to where you find your "empirical evidence" of these claims. 

 

If you put as much thought and energy into your own personal issues and faults, you would need not to spend so much time concrening yourself with your lackluster attempts at denying Americans their rights.  What's next, the removal of due process rights, the right to speedy trials, the right to freedom of speech?  When will you stop?  When we have turned into a third world communistic country?  Then you yourself would be stripped of your right to openly complain.

 

 

Nov 29, 2012 7:10PM
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Thousands of Baby Boomers are retiring each day. We're getting old.  We want protection. Enough said!
Nov 29, 2012 7:10PM
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Turkey had nothing to do with people buying more guns. At least the turkey ya eat didn't. It was the turkey that was re-elected to POTUS that wants to take our guns away and other freedoms that spurred the gun buying.
Nov 29, 2012 7:08PM
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As a college graduate from a top national school I own more than one along with a concealed carry license - just last night on our local news an armed citizen stopped a break-in at his house - just as I hope never to be a victim I hope I don't have to shoot someone but given the choice between them or me I will protect my life and family if necessary with whatever means that takes.
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