Black Friday Record: 2 Guns Sold Per Second at Retail

Photo from Gun Fishing retail store in NC

According to The Blaze, the FBI Processed 144,758 background checks on Friday. The actual number of guns sold would be even greater than this because of sales with delayed background checks such as online purchases …

By Friday afternoon, that figure had reached three checks per second, CNN reported, putting 2014 on track to blow past the prior Black Friday record of 144,758 FBI-processed gun transactions in a single day.

Noting that the FBI typically brings in 100 extra employees to help handle the Black Friday load, Fischer said, ”The challenge is to have staff keep up with this volume. We do that by limiting personal leave, asking employees to work extra shifts and reutilizing former…employees to serve in NICS during this busy period.”

Fischer said FBI employees would work through the weekend to process the backlog generated by booming sales in the more than 48,000 U.S. gun retailers.


Thanks to Jay for the tip.

Steve Johnson

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  • JumpIf NotZero

    “Black Friday” is a joke played on poor people. Supporting evidence, the article that show how many guns Taurus, Hipoint, Keltec, and Kahr are moving, along with every gun store I’ve ever been in and watch people haggle over cheap guns at stupid prices.

    But… I’m glad guns are moving.

    • abowden

      Yeah, I think black Friday is literally one of the worst things about ‘murica, but at least more people are getting armed…

    • Zachary marrs

      My mom does all her Christmas shopping on black Friday

      She said she got me that ar ive been thinking about (a Daniel defense m4v7), but knowing her it’s probably a hipoint carbine

  • noob

    hmm out of interest, how many AK pattern rifles can a typical large state owned factory make per second (averaged over the working year)?

    and then compare to how many AR pattern rifles a similar investment in tooling could make per second averaged over the working year?

    or alternatively, how much investment in AR tooling does it take to equal the guns per second output of the state owned AK factory?

    • -V-

      If I recall, at its peak IzMash could make 40,000 AK-74s in a day.

      • noob

        so that’s one every 2 seconds or so.

  • That’s what he’s saying. The background is done when you go to the FFL to pick the gun up.

  • Zachary marrs

    Erhmahgawd! Gun show loophole!

  • JumpIf NotZero

    There is some truth to that, but I’ve met plenty of poor people that weren’t poor because of spending decisions they have made.

    I stand by “Black Friday is a joke played on poor people”, but at the same time I wouldn’t say “all” poor people, or generalize the entire group to being gullible and foolish to buy second rate products at what they are told mislead into believing is an incredible sale.

    I’m very much into the buy once crowd. So I can agree there 🙂 Buy a Glock today and it’s worth something tomorrow. Buy a hipoint today and it’s not.

    • Herp

      This whole thread is a little off. I make more money than the average two income household and one of my biggest gun regrets is selling a c-9 I had back when I was less successful. I bought it for the price of two tanks of gas and sold it for the price of one and a half tanks of gas. It was a great buy and a stupid sell. It had enough firepower to end 99% of bad social situations in a good way and I was able to avail myself of such effective means of self defense at minimum wage while working through college. It also had value I miss as I now feel a little bad about carrying my more expensive pieces in boats, on trails, on ATVs, along trap lines, camping and anywhere else they’re exposed to the elements. I guess that feeling is probably a carry-over from poverty, but honestly anything more than 150 bucks is a waste to drag through a trap line in upper MI. I could buy a new one for a few hours wages now, but at this point it would just be a nostalgia piece. Good feelings have value too. Maybe I’ll stop by the gun store and get preyed upon again.

  • STW

    The number is probably low. If you have a CCW in many states the seller doesn’t have to call in the information. You simply fill out the 4473 and you’re done. The CCW is proof that you’ve been checked out. In my experience sellers smile when you save them that phone call.

  • Don Ward

    Washington state.

  • Don Ward

    It will be interesting to see how things will go for us in Washington state now that we passed an initiative requiring background checks for private person-to-person firearm transfers.

    • Yellow Devil

      It’s going to be a soup sandwich. And you will have to eat it with a fork.

  • Zachary marrs

    Not if its meant as a gift.

    If i couldn’t pass a background check, then yeah, it’d be a straw purchase, but since i can, its not.

    Hell, there is even a little box on the 4473 that you check if it’s supposed to be a gift.