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Last week, officially began the Holiday shopping season for most Americans. After our bellies are filled with delicious Thanksgiving feasts with our families, we know it’s time to start to put into action our holiday shopping plans. From the data acquired from FBI National Instant Criminal Back Ground Check System (NICS) by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), Thanksgiving week and Black Friday saw phenomenal numbers.

During, the week of Thanksgiving that includes Black Friday FBI processed 687,788 NICS background checks. On Black Friday, alone the FBI processed 187,585 background checks. This year’s Black Friday falls into the number ten spot for Top 10 Highest Days For NICS background checks.

Below, is a statement NSSF on the FBI data on NICS background checks for Thanksgiving week.

Press Release

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearm industry trade association, revealed that the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) processed 687,788 background checks during the week leading up to and including Black Friday. FBI’s NICS recorded 187,585 on Black Friday alone, ranking it among the Top 10 Highest Days for NICS checks and a .50 percent increase from Black Friday 2020 (186,645). The NICS checks are unadjusted, representing raw data from the FBI and are inclusive of all background checks related to firearms.

NSSF has worked with firearm retailers to spread out special sales offers to customers throughout the week leading up to Black Friday so as not to overwhelm FBI NICS on Black Friday which can result in longer than normal wait times.

“This figure of over 687,000 background checks is truly remarkable,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO. “This year has already been shaping up to be the second strongest year for firearm sales on record, second only to 2020’s record-breaking number of 21 million background checks for a firearm sale. We anticipate, based on annual data, that firearm sales will rise during the final month of the year coinciding with hunting seasons and holiday sales. This figure, though, underscores the appetite for lawful firearm ownership in America and the resilience of the firearm and ammunition industry to meet that demand.

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