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Virginia Sets Black Friday Record for Gun Sales

| by Michael Allen

Black Friday was a disappointment for many retailers last week, unless you owned a gun store in Virginia where an estimated 3,902 guns were sold, setting a new record over last year's 3,856.

The numbers come from the Virginia State Police's statistics of mandatory criminal-background checks of gun buyers, notes TalkingPointsMemo.com. The numbers are not exact, but the closest gauge of gun sales.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginia could soon break last year's record for the most guns sold in a year.

So far there have been 431,693 gun sales this year, which is only 694 less than 2012.

“Seeing a slight increase in gun sales over the Black Friday weekend from 2012 to 2013 is not surprising given the pattern of increasing gun sales we’ve seen over the past six or seven years,” said Thomas Baker, of the Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government Affairs.

“If [Governor-Elect Terry] McAuliffe proposes any state-level gun legislation, we could see another surge in sales similar to those in response to fears about national gun control legislation,” added Baker.

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There has been an increase of 101 percent in gun sales in Virginia from 2006 to 2012. Observers believe the increase is due to paranoia over gun control laws.

Sources: Richmond Times-Dispatch and TalkingPointsMemo.com