Record-breaking gun sale background checks reported on Black Friday

Record-breaking gun sale background checks reported on Black Friday

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - A new record was set on Black Friday for the number of background checks for gun sales in a day. The FBI received more than 200,000 requests Friday.

"It does surprise me that this year instead of the last eight years or nine years, this year was the record-breaking," Jefferson Gun Outlet Manager Devvin Burgess said.

This comes shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for a review of the FBI database used for background checks.

Burgess said they participated in Black Friday sales for the first time.

"This was our first year doing any kind of sales like that. We've been open for Black Friday before, but we've never priced everything down to its bare minimum," Burgess said.

However, they still profited.

"We did about four-times the normal sales than we would've done on an average day," Burgess said.

He said while it wasn't the most sales they have made in the year, it still helped.

"This year has been kind of slow. It's been very slow for the gun community, the gun industry. Now that Trump is President, people aren't as afraid of what might happen to their gun rights, which is a good thing, but in the short run, it's not great for sales," Burgess said.

Burgess said they sold mostly handguns during Black Friday.

"I don't think we sold a rifle like this, an AR-style rifle on Black Friday," Burgess said.

However, Burgess said it will take more than a Black Friday sale to keep them in business long term, competing with bigger players in the market.

"Big box stores and internet sales will probably be the death of us in the next 30 or 40 years. It's just the way it is," Burgess said.

Burgess said they plan on participating in Black Friday sales again next year.

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