As “Black Friday” Gun Sales Soar, FBI Processes Three Checks Per Second


The weekend after Thanksgiving it the biggest weekend for gun purchases, with great deals on firearms and ammunition, NPR reports. Kimberly Del Greco, a manager of the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), tells NPR that last Friday, her unit processed three background checks per second. Among disqualifiers: federal arrests, misdemeanors that, by state law, would prohibit firearm purchases, and prospective buyers with prohibitive drug or mental hospitalization records, or domestic violence restraining orders.

The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act requires the FBI to handle the check in three days. Says Del Greco: “It’s hard. … about 1.1 percent of the total volume of our checks go into a delayed status.” She says the FBI has 600 people processing gun checks on “Black Friday,” “and our intent is to try and make sure that we have complete responses as fast as we can going back to those gun dealers.”

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