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 5:18PM
who said gun promote hate. only people with hate promote hate
Nov 29, 2012 5:26PM
First off, Natural Blonde 2012, make sure you don't have typos in your own comment before you criticize gun owners by saying they are not educated. Stereotyping only makes you appear ignorant and gun ownership has nothing to do with hate. Thank you, have a nice day.
Nov 29, 2012 5:23PM
Our nation is taken over by socialists and the welfare crowd. Debt is 16 Trillion and climbing. Morality is slipping down the toilet. The Presidents main objective is wealth redistribution and a small arms treaty with the UN and we wonder why guns and ammo sales hit the roof. You would have to be a stupid Natural Blond not to understand this happening!!!!!
Nov 29, 2012 5:31PM
To Natural Blonde--No---drugs are a waste of time and money.  People are increasingly buying guns to protect themselves from the lawless elements in our society.
Nov 29, 2012 5:29PM
The other reason that they forgot to mention is that maybe people are preparing for a civil war. We live in troubled times,. any prudent man would be smart to be prepared for a worst case senerio.
Nov 29, 2012 5:21PM

Whether it’s for guns or Garmins, the American people are scared, we can all feel something’s just is not right with our America. The desperation and lines on black Friday is making America look more and more like the old Soviet Union during the days of rationing when 500 people would line up for 3 pairs of shoes or a few loaves of bread. Sad very sad.  

Nov 29, 2012 5:42PM

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 5:43PM
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 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 5:57PM
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 5:28PM
buy them now while you still can an god helpm us all
Nov 29, 2012 6:02PM

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 5:57PM
Sex, horsepower, and guns! 3 things you can never have too much of!
Nov 29, 2012 5:52PM
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 6:02PM
Listen to the NRA, the country will be a lot safer when everybody owns a gun.
Nov 29, 2012 5:41PM
Don't forget plenty of ammo. It could be more valuable than gold when the zombie plague begins.
Nov 29, 2012 5:41PM
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.
Nov 29, 2012 5:34PM
its because of stupid obama passing the obama plan!!!!!!! **** "americans" voting for him. hes trying to take guns from everyone!
Nov 29, 2012 6:23PM
Gun sales WERE caused by the turkey. The one in the White House!
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