Gun background checks peak on Black Friday

Posted at 10:23 PM, Dec 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-02 23:23:26-05

On one of the busiest retail days of the year, thousands of Americans were trying to purchase guns - turning Black Friday into background check Friday.

"My assumption is when you walk in this door you are able to own and posses a fire arm legally," said store manager Gavin Robinson.

The Shooter's Shop in West Allis didn't offer doorbuster deals like sporting goods stores Dick's, Gander Mountain and Cabela's on Black Friday, however the manager has seen a steady interest in gun sales.

"More women and first timers are purchasing weapons."

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System reports more than 185,735 requests were made on November 27th - a five percent increase from Black Friday 2014.

Deals and steals may not be the only thing driving more Americans to bare arms.

The FBI's top 10 highest days for people requesting to buy guns included days after the Sandy Hook School shooting and during Black Friday sales.

Attorney Michele Byington suggests the state of our world could be another reason why the FBI is processing more background requests.

"We don't live in a utopia, with Paris terrorist attacks and mass massacres happening, I think individuals are figuring out [hey] the best way to stop a crazy person with a gun is me, a good guy with a gun."