Beginning tomorrow night after many people have finished their Thanksgiving meals, the start of the holiday shopping season officially gets underway. And while most people have seen the absolute chaos that ensues on Black Friday when thousands of people fight at a local Walmart or Best Buy for an under-priced television they don’t really need on, one government agency is shoring up for what is quite often one of their worst nightmares, that being the record number of gun sales that take place during this time of year.
On Nov. 26, an FBI spokesperson announced that their agency regularly fails to have enough agents to perform timely background checks to deal with the massive number of firearm purchases that takes place during the seasons’s benchmarks of lowered prices and increased customers. In fact, the FBI is having to hire 100 additional personnel this year to work solely in a background check capacity for the holiday season, which on average entails 145,000 requests for background checks on Black Friday alone.
Black Friday, the biggest retail day in the US, has been a boon for gun sales in recent years – but that’s a problem for the small FBI division handling background checks, as more sales slip through the cracks each year.
Typically, the 500 men and women checking the criminal and mental histories of potential buyers can keep up with demand. But on the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, they are swamped by approximately 145,000 background check requests.
Last year, they (FBI) failed to process two percent of the 145,000 requests, meaning close to 3,000 guns were sold without a background check. This year, the FBI is hiring 100 more personnel to deal with the onslaught. – RT
Since the 2008 credit crisis and the election of Barack Obama, gun sales in the U.S. have gone through the roof, with several years between then and now creating new records for sales of firearms, and only the past 12 months having shown any bit of slowdown or decrease in demand. However, with the increased turmoil both geo-politically, and from local rioting over the past three month, gun sales this holiday season are expected to increase dramatically as fears of both an economic and domestic crisis fuel this increase in demand.
Economic and social conditions today feel eerily similar to those experienced in the fall of 2008 when unemployment, higher inflation, and a move towards prepping and long-term storage played a big roll in Black Friday and holiday season purchases. And in the aftermath of the domestic unrest and rioting that took place in Ferguson, MO during this week of Thanksgiving, the FBI projects that gun sales this coming month will rise towards record levels once again, and that their ability to lawfully complete all background checks could be compromised.