Gun dealers flooded the FBI with background check requests for prospective buyers last Friday, exceeding the single-day, all-time high by 32 percent, reports USA Today. The checks, required by federal law, surged to 129,166 during the day, far surpassing the previous high of 97,848 on Black Friday of 2008.
The actual number of firearms sold last Friday is likely higher because multiple firearms can be included in a transaction by a single buyer. Fhe FBI does not track actual gun sales. Some analysts attributed the unusual surge to a convergence of factors, including an increasing number of first-time buyers seeking firearms for protection and women who are being drawn to sport shooting and hunting. Larry Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation said one fourth of purchases typically involve first-time buyers, many of them women.