According to this article the Fortune Magazine website, the FBI processed a record 185,713 background checks on Black Friday. That’s about 400 more than the previous record set in 2015. Part of this may be driven by continued strong demand for firearms and part from the simple fact that the FBI may have finally fixed issues with the NICs system that resulted in outages during peak use times like Black Friday.
One quote from the article did catch my attention:
Gun sales are usually high on Black Friday because of steep discounts, although sales expectations for the 2016 holiday season are low since Donald Trump—a gun rights supporter—won the presidential election. Prior to the election, gun enthusiasts bought a record number of pistols and rifles in fear that Hillary Clinton would win the election and restrict ownership laws.
Despite the drop-off in sales following the election, gun dealers have said purchases are regaining momentum.
If demand is increasing again does that mean people are nervous about a Trump presidency? Or, are they concerned that he may not make the inauguration? Or, does, it mean people just want their guns?
I have no idea…
Now the obligatory disclaimer: NICS checks do not directly correlate with firearms purchases. There is one check per purchase not one per firearm so many checks cover the purchase of more than one firearm. Not all NICS result in an OK to purchase. Many states do not require NICS checks for those with valid carry permits. The number of NICS checks is generally several percentage points lower than the number of firearms actually purchased.