The FBI says Black Friday, a big day for gun sales, is expected to set a one-day record for firearms background checks.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System was handling requests about as fast as squeezing off rounds from a semiautomatic rifle — three per second, the agency told CNN. At that pace, the day’s total would eclipse last year’s 144,758.
The agency has 600 agents and contractors working 17-hour shifts near Bridgeport, W. Va., to process the reviews in three business days, which the law requires. Stores or dealers can submit a buyer’s information by phone or secure web site. Most approvals happen quickly, but some require the FBI to check court, mental health or other records.
If the background check is not acted on by the time limit, the seller has the authority to complete the sale. Large weapons retailers, however, do not sell guns without FBI clearance.
About 2% of Friday’s background checks won’t be finished because of incomplete information, the agency estimated…. see more