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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Natural Blonde waye two seement ur steariotyp.    Written in "idiot" so you can understand it.

Nov 29, 2012 6:36PM
Too bad people waste their money on things made to hurt other people...I will never own or use one, that's for sure...
Nov 29, 2012 6:32PM
Natural Blonde 2012, you're an idiot and don't know what your talking about.
Nov 29, 2012 6:31PM
I carry a gun. Why?? Because a cop is too HEAVY!

Nov 29, 2012 6:29PM
Ms. Peterson, you are very incorrect in saying that "Obama hasn't actually done much in this area" when in fact he has.  Both of Obama's Supreme Court Justice appointments, despite stating otherwise in their nomination hearings, have ruled and opined that they believe the 2nd amendment is not an individual's right.  And, as for signing the law allowing loaded guns in national parks, Obama had no choice, but to sign.  An overwhelming majority of congress (including Democrats who were in a heated battle for re-election) supported the standardization of the rules, as the BLM and Forestry Departments had allowed firearms for years.  I also take offense to your use of the term "allowing" loaded guns... Since when does a government established on a basis of "By the People, For the People" ALLOW the people to do something?  The government removed a restriction.
Nov 29, 2012 6:29PM


Nov 29, 2012 6:28PM
Natural Blond:  You are so right and those who castigate you are ignorant a**es!
Nov 29, 2012 6:25PM
Pathetic.  Un-Christian.  Just pathetic.
Nov 29, 2012 6:23PM
Gun sales WERE caused by the turkey. The one in the White House!
Nov 29, 2012 6:21PM

AGAIN!  It must be said:  THERE ARE NO (AS IN NONE, ZIP, ZILCH) assault guns for legal sale in the U.S.A.  They were outlawed in 1935. (Assault gun being one with a selective mode of fire, typically:  1-single shot, 2-3 shot burst and 3-fully automatic fire.)  When will boobs like Obama, Feinstein, Brady, et. al., get this through their thick num-skulls?  A gun that is Black fibreglass stock or plastic finish is not an assault weapon.  It is just a different style of stocking any weapon.

If you do not like guns, do not get one (or more).  Otherwise leave us alone.  Or are you looking for another revolutionary war?

Nov 29, 2012 6:20PM

130,000 more guns in the hands of law abiding citizens who allowed the Government to do a background check. That is the law, at least in my state. Like it or not.


Nov 29, 2012 6:17PM

When I grew up, real men, like my husband could defend me with his fists.These days

little men have to hide behind a gun.

Nov 29, 2012 6:15PM
As has been partially stated, the UN Small Arms Treaty that Billary is trying hard to sign will take our gun ownership rights away without 2nd Amendment  voting by the people.  I have never felt the need for a gun in my house, but believe in gun ownership.  I intend to purchase several before they ratify the treaty (which only requires Senate approval) and we know where the Senate stands with its Democratic majority.   Just ask the people living in the areas where guns were outlawed about their crime rates.  When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have them.  That is why the UN wants to ban small arms. 
Nov 29, 2012 6:15PM
Before gun enthusiasts (and, nothing wrong with liking them) go off the Deep End,  remember:   If you Over-Purchase guns and ammo,   you may be making yourself a TARGET for burglary at your home.    Sneak thieves LOVE to pick up "Bright And Shinies" -  jewelry, cash, and GUNS.   Keep them out of the hands of children,  and preferably out of sight and locked up.   Otherwise,  they could get stolen, and used on YOU when you get home. 
Nov 29, 2012 6:13PM

One question that EVERYONE needs to ask themself...."How many times are guns used to save lives???". Until you know the answer to that question then you should not even have a opinion on this ...the answer to this question is very hard to answer as many times people never report this and you can dam well be sure that the media will not report on this...My gun has saved my life and the lives of others several times in my life and I don’t leave home without a gun and I risk going to prison every time I do it but I will never leave myself/family/friends/others in a spot where some nut job can make a victim out of me without a fighting chance. When i was 19 a young gal and myself were walking out of a Hollywood club and 5 drunk dudes cornered us in a parking lot and told me they were going to kill my white a$$ and rape my bitch...I ran to the car got my gun and they ran off...the girl I was dating was the biggest anti-gun person ever and I never told her i carried guns (Could not carry into the club so I had to leave it in the car) shock she told me "That f^&kin gun saved our lives"...we are still friends and she is still a huge liberal but she has a gun herself now...I don’t worry about the govt taking guns away (They won’t and they can’t as people like me will die over the right to own a gun and protect myself/family)..I worry about natural disaster living in LA (Earthquakes and there are over 100,000 gang members in LA) or economic collapse...when the wrong people know that the cops can’t respond and you are own you better hope there is someone like me around to at least put up a fight for us (Not saying I will win or I am a tough guy but all -be-dammed if I just sit there and be a victim or watch someone else be a victim)….I am not talking about “Stuff” either…I would not shoot someone over a material possession…but you threaten to hurt me and POP!

Nov 29, 2012 6:11PM

The elephants in the room, of course, are the demagoguing and fear mongering about Obama, his Presidency, liberalism/progressivism, and the changing "color" of America.  We have millions of Americans espousing, considering, or not refuting Birtherism, an openly delusional attempt to delegitimize the Obama Presidency.  We have an NRA whose spokepeson, Wayne LaPierre, expressed a far fetched and insidious delusion that Fast & Furious was some type of Obama conspiracy to discredit the 2nd Amendment.  We have the chairperson of a major House Committee, Rep. Issa, publically repeating the delusion before he heads the House investigation into Fast & Furious (notice what little press was given to their findings... no "conspiracy").  It is no coincidence we see increased memberships in militias (mostly white), White Power groups, Neo-Nazi groups and the KKK.  It is telling that a legitimate, democratic victory for Obama would spark secessionist petitions with the most signatures coming from States that were formerly part of the Confederacy, formerly home to Jim Crow.

As Walt Kelly said through Pogo, "We have met the enemy and he is us."  The majority of American voters cast their vote for Obama.  The majority of American voters cast their votes for Democratic Senators.  And interestingly, it appears a slight majority of American voters cast their votes for Democratic Representatives but Republican redistricting after 2010 successfully denied Democrats parity if not a majority in the House.  You do not see Democrats arming themselves and threatening secession over this.  Food for thought.

Nov 29, 2012 6:11PM

Trained police miss their target 50% to 80% of the time.People have watched tooo many

John Wayne movies.In real life the wrong people get ahold of guns and usually innocent

people get killed.Don`t people remember the shooting in Tucson?

Nov 29, 2012 6:08PM

All the Right Wing Nuts STILL THINK that Obama is coming, to take all their guns away (and, to give their white wives to black men,  etc. etc.).   In addition, the Doomsday Preppers (who MAY - or may not - have different motivations) are taking seriously, the faulty Mayan Calendar, which many believe indicates the end of the world on 12/12/2012. 


All a bunch of damn nonsense.  Of course, this will run the prices through the roof, and ammo sales will also boom (no pun intended).    Gun STORE owners will reap the benefits.....more power to them.   Before your families are eating Cheerios for dinner (with NO milk),  remember this:   God gave each of us TWO HANDS.   Once you've got about 10 guns,  you cannot even carry them all, much less hold more than one in each hand.   If you could,  our soldiers would go into battle, with an M-16, a SAW, an M1A1,  a .50 BMG sniper rifle, and a 279 Grenade launcher, with 100 pounds of ammo for each....but, of course, this is not practical. 


THIS, from a lifelong gun owner, and Obama voter.   Everybody take a breath.  Calm down.  Nothing's going to happen.

Nov 29, 2012 6:07PM
People that do not support other peoples rights to own guns should have things they enjoy removed from them because we have no interest in them. How do you like that?
Nov 29, 2012 6:04PM
As an enthusiast. Thank God for Blondes, especially the natural ones. Merry Christmas. I will.
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