When Black Friday kicked off the holiday shopping season this year, there was one thing on many people’s wish lists.
Guns were the hot ticket and interest in firearms on America’s biggest shopping day seemed to hit its highest yet. The FBI processed more background checks for gun buyers throughout Black Friday than on any other day, the agency told The Trace.
There were a total of 185,713 checks — the most made in a single day since the FBI’s national instant check system was launched almost 20 years ago. But the huge spike was one almost no one saw coming.