Gun sales hit record-breaking highs on Black Friday this year, according to BizPacReview.
The FBI reportedly received upwards of 200,000 requests for background checks for the sake of gun purchases, leaving the former record of roughly 185,000 in the dust.
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The increase may be due, in part, to Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordering a review of the system after an Air Force veteran massacred 25 churchgoers in Sutherland Springs, Texas with a rifle he should not have been permitted to purchase if the Air Force reported his criminal convictions.
The shooter, Devin Kelley, shouldn’t have passed a background check when he purchased his firearms, but it was revealed that the U.S. Air Force had failed to report a domestic violence conviction from 2012.
Sessions made a statement after the revelation:
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“The National Instant Criminal Background Check System is critical for us to be able to keep guns out of the hands of those that are prohibited from owning them,” he said. “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. Therefore, I am directing the FBI and ATF to do a comprehensive review of the NICS and report back to me the steps we can take to ensure that those who are prohibited from purchasing firearms are prevented from doing so.”