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30 November 2017, 01:17 | Floyd Cook
Nationally, the Federal Bureau of Investigations received more than 200,000 background checks on Friday - another record-breaker.
More than 200,000 background check requests were submitted to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System across the country this Friday, USA Today reported, breaking the previous record of 185,713 requests made on the same holiday shopping day past year.
The actual number of guns is poised to be even higher: gun checks, which are federally mandated for gun purchases, are run on a single buyer and not the individual guns purchased. The two previous records were the last two Black Fridays.
Donald Trump's pro-gun presidency has contributed to a slowdown in sales this year.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week ordered a review of the FBI's background check system after a gunman led a carnage in a small southern Texas church, killing 26 people with multiple firearms purchased in spite of previous convictions.
"The recent shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas revealed that relevant information may not be getting reported to the NICS - this is alarming and it is unacceptable", Sessions said in a statement. Yet it has largely struggled to keep pace with the volume of firearm transactions and still properly maintain the databases of criminal and mental health records necessary to determine whether buyers are eligible to purchase guns.
Prospective gun owners got more reason to move faster with purchases just as gunmakers ramped up their discounts. "It's time to turn off the lights on these sites so these companies won't be able to enable illegal gun trafficking or the next mass shooting".
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