• Black Friday Becomes ‘Gun Friday’: Near Record Sales This Year

    Surge Summary: FBI background checks jumped dramatically this past Black Friday – which probably means near record gun sales occurred. It’s a further confirmation that firearms are important to American culture, and Democrats’ extremist gun-control plans will likely fall flat. 

    It’s one of those good news/bad news situations for those enthusiastic gun-control types. First, per The Resurgent’s Gabriella Hoffman: This past Black Friday, the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) system posted tons of applications. Their much-demanded system is hard at work.

    The bad news for them? It was the second highest number of background checks on firearms purchases in the program’s history; i.e., lots and lots and lots of folks were out buying guns.

    This year’s numbers amounted to 202,465 background checks processed, which USA Today noted is an 11% increase from 2018. More interestingly, it almost shattered the previous single-day record in 2017 when 203, 086 background checks were processed.

    More grim tidings for anti-gunners:

    The publication clarified NICS isn’t a necessarily reliable measure of firearms sales; it’s likely more guns than the number provided were sold on that huge, annual shopping day.

    The newspaper explains:

    While background checks, required for purchases at federally licensed firearm dealers, are not a measure of actual gun sales, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System is a way to gauge market demand. The number of firearms sold Friday is likely higher because multiple firearms can be included in one transaction by a single buyer.

    So the stirred question is: How come this striking uptick in firearms purchases?

    A plausible explanation is consumer fears that if a Democrat candidate is elected next November, they’ll impose sweeping gun control legislation – which is plainly an understandable concern. From the jump, many of the Dem candidates have been loud and proud re their hostility toward firearms. Once again, as happened when Barack Obama occupied the White House, the Left’s gun-phobia is driving a spike in gun sales.

    All this is activity is indicative of what Hoffman characterizes as “a vibrant gun culture here in the U.S.”

    The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), calculates

    the firearms and ammunition industry’s total economic impact grew from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $52.1 billion in 2018—a whopping 171 percent over the span of a decade. Today, 312,000 jobs are supported by the industry.

    That’s just another reason to conclude talk of radical, anti-Second Amendment measures being promoted by Progressives – gun-confiscation initiatives, for instance – are sure to misfire.

    Pardon the pun.

    There’s much at stake if gun control becomes the law of the land. And voters are taking note.

    And they’re also demonstrating it at cash registers across the nation.

    H/T: The Resurgent/Gabriella Hoffman

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