As noted elsewhere, NICS checks on Black Friday hit an all-time one day high of 129, 166 which is up 32% from the previous high reached on Black Friday in 2008. Larry Keane of the NSSF attributed to a growing awareness among Americans that they have a right to own a firearm.
Of course, the naysayers at the Brady Campaign are doing their best to emulate Ebenezer Scrooge and say “bah humbug”.
Dennis Henigan, acting president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said he was “skeptical” of the Black Friday gun surge.
“I think there may be no real signifcance at all,” Henigan said. “It’s possible that gun companies are just catching on to creating a Black Friday frenzy for themselves.”
Sorry Dennis but the numbers don’t lie – people bought more guns on that one day than ever before regardless of whether there were sales or not. Moreover, given that in many states, CCW holders are exempted from NICS checks, the actual number could be higher.
I do like Sebastian’s suggestion to Henigan – repeal the Brady Act so numbers such as this won’t be reported.
Here in North Carolina, the amount of firearm sales on Black Friday attracted the attention of reporters at WCNC in Charlotte. They visited Hyatt Gun Shop which is one of the larger dealers in North Carolina as well as the nation.
It was nice to see a reporter not only recognize the growth in sales but know enough to index her trigger finger along the receiver.
H/T NRA News and Sebastian