Gun background checks hit a new record on Black Friday

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Shannon Watts hardest hit.

From USA Today: The FBI was flooded Friday with more than 200,000 background check requests for gun purchases, setting a new single day record, the bureau reported Saturday.

In all, the FBI fielded 203,086 requests on Black Friday, up from the previous single-day highs of 185,713 last year and 185,345 in 2015. The two previous records also were recorded on Black Friday.

Gun checks, required for purchases at federally licensed firearm dealers, are not a measure of actual gun sales. The number of firearms sold Friday is likely higher because multiple firearms can be included in one transaction by a single buyer.

The surging numbers received by the bureau’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), comes just days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a sweeping review of the system, which allowed a court-martialed Air Force veteran to purchase the rifle used earlier this month to kill 25 people inside a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church.

The victims included a pregnant woman whose unborn child also died in the Nov. 5 massacre.

Following the shooting, the Air Force acknowledged it had not provided the FBI with details of the court martial, which likely would have blocked the 2016 sale of the murder weapon to Devin Kelley.

In a memo issued Wednesday, Sessions ordered the FBI and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to review the NICS system.

The breakdown in the Kelley case highlighted longstanding problems within the system, which for more than 20 years has served as the centerpiece of the government’s effort to block criminals from obtaining firearms. 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.

Last year, the FBI official overseeing NICS was forced to transfer personnel from construction projects and units that oversee the gathering of crime statistics to keep up with the surge of requests for background checks. The office processed a record 27.5 million background checks in 2016.

Stephen Morris, a former assistant FBI director, told USA TODAY after the shooting that the NICS system has long been plagued by incomplete or outdated information.

In many cases, a background check may show a record of arrest, but there is no additional information to indicate whether the case was dismissed or resulted in a felony conviction which would prohibit a gun purchase.

The mere record of arrest is not enough to prohibit a gun sale, so FBI analysts must race to fill such information gaps within the three-day time period allotted for each check. The search sometimes requires inquiries to police departments, courthouses and prisons across the country to match final dispositions to the incomplete records.

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7 responses to “Gun background checks hit a new record on Black Friday

  1. I hope it’s okay to post a Funny Monday. 😁. This one has been around for a while, but it’s worth a repeat.

    Yesterday, I got my permit to carry a concealed weapon. So, today I went over to the local Bass Pro Shop to get a 9mm handgun for home and personal protection.

    When I was ready to pay for the pistol and ammo, the cashier said, – “Strip down, facing me.” Making a mental note to complain to the NRA about the gun control wackos running amok, I did just as she had instructed.

    When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I found out she was referring to how I should place my credit card in the card reader!

    As a senior citizen, I do not get flustered often, but this time it took me a while to get my pants back on.

    I’ve been asked to shop elsewhere in the future. They need to make their instructions to seniors a little more clear.

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  2. Thanks,Maryaha-I needed that today!

    Like

  3. Read this aloud to my husband so we could share a BIG laugh! Thanks.

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  4. Kevin J Lankford

    All their ‘false flag’ events are having the wrong effect on the real U.S. citizens. Instead of shying away from firearms and their presence, they are realizing their true need and purpose, and obtaining what they can, while they can.

    The one world government, and our own government ‘black ops’ are just going to double down on their efforts, and it may get really nasty. I feel the worst is inevitable, and will be necessary to real freedom. Unless, perhaps, this “Storm is Upon Us” rumor is for real.

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