Black Friday Gun Sales Highest Ever Despite System Glitch, FBI Spokesman Says
So, Obama’s second term hasn’t even started and he’s already improved the business climate for at least one major industry.
The gun manufacturers and importers should enjoy it while they can. No, Obama isn’t going to shut them down, something worse is going to happen to them: Come 2017, we will have about a 100 year supply of barely used guns on the second hand market and new ones won’t be able to compete with the bargains available.
Black Friday gun sales highest ever despite system glitch, FBI spokesman says
GRAY, Maine, Nov 27, 2012 (Bangor Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) — So many gun dealers called the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, on Black Friday that the system went down twice and was slowed for those who did get through, Maine gun dealers said Monday.
Even with the glitches, a record number of guns were sold on Black Friday all across the country, Stephen G. Fischer Jr., director of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, said Monday.
“We had an awful time getting through all day, and sometimes we couldn’t get through,” Adam Copp, president of Howell’s Guns & Archery Center in Gray, said Monday. “I don’t know what the problem was. They set a record last Black Friday, so I figured it had something to do with that.” Those who want to purchase a gun in the U.S. must fill out and sign FBI paperwork. The gun dealer then calls NICS to see if the buyer is barred by federal law from possessing firearms.
“We had people waiting and some said, ‘I can’t wait all day,’ and left,” Copp said. “We may have lost of couple of sales, but we got everything through by Saturday morning. It was the busiest day we’ve had all fall.” The West Gray Road store sold more than 15 guns, he said.
Customers at Van Raymond Outfitters in Brewer also had to wait on Black Friday. The store lost half a dozen customers because the system was down or the wait was too long, manager Rick Lozier said Monday.
“Sometimes it would take 10 minutes to get though and sometimes it was 20,” the longtime Brewer store manager said. “It was pretty much all day long. We still had a good day considering the holdups.” Those who left emptyhanded did so “from frustration from waiting,” Lozier said. “Overall, we’re not a patient society.” The NICS outages that occurred on Black Friday were due to exceptionally high call volumes, Fischer said.