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Record For U.S. Gun Background Checks Performed In A Single Day Set On Black Friday

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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The record for firearm background checks in a single day in the United States was broken on Nov. 27, Black Friday, according to data released by the FBI.

A total of 185,345 federal background checks were performed on Black Friday by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the FBI report states.

"This was an approximate 5% increase over the 175,754 received on Black Friday 2014," Stephen Fischer, the FBI's Chief of Multimedia Productions, wrote, according to USA Today. "The previous high for receipts were the 177,170 received on 12/21/2012."

Historically, Black Friday is a popular day for firearm purchases. The 2014, 2013, and 2012 Black Friday’s are all on the FBI’s top ten list of the most gun background checks processed in a 24-hour period.

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The week leading up to Christmas in 2012, following the Sandy Hook Shooting, holds the highest number of background checks for a 7-day period with 953,613.

As firearm retailers were processing the record breaking amount of background checks on Black Friday 2015, a mass shooting took place at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Three people were killed and nine others injured.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper referred to the mass shooting as a “form of terrorism,” Opposing Views reported.

President Obama made a call for stricter controls of “weapons of war” in the wake of yet another mass shooting in the United States.

"This is not normal," Obama said, according to USA Today. "We can't let it become normal. If we truly care about this — if we're going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience — then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them. Period. Enough is enough."

Sources: FBI, Opposing Views, USA Today / Photo Source: Rod Waddington/Flickr