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FBI: Background checks for gun sales break record on Black Friday

Black Friday broke an FBI record for the number of firearms background checks.

The agency said this week that it processed 185,345 background checks — roughly two per second — on the same day that three people were killed and nine others wounded in an attack at a Planned Parenthood office in Colorado. The FBI received about 5 percent fewer background check requests on Black Friday in 2014, the agency said.

The national system processed 1,712 firearms background checks for Idahoans on Black Friday. That was about 6 percent more than last year.

Idaho’s 2015 activity paled in comparison to the many thousands of Black Friday checks run in more populous states. But the Gem State ranked 10th in the U.S. for background checks, when looked at per capita, with about 10 background checks run for every 10,000 Idahoans that day.

FBI background checks processed by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System are conducted for gun purchases from federally licensed deals and for permits to carry guns. A background check does not mean a gun was purchased, but manufacturers rely on the background check statistics as a measurement of the industry’s health.

The FBI started processing background checks for potential gun owners in 1998 as part of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.

The previous record for the most background checks in a single day was Dec. 21, 2012, about a week after 20 children and six adults were shot to death in a Connecticut elementary school. The week following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School saw the processing of 953,613 gun background checks.

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