Black Friday firearm background checks reach record high

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By: Capitol News Service
November 27, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Around the country on Black Friday, people shelled out money to buy a record amount of guns.

A record-setting 203,000 people underwent background checks, with 11,000 of those checks happening in Florida. That number is about nine percent higher than last year.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says the checks were steady all day.

"It's a good indicator that gun sales are up," said Gretl Plessinger, an FDLE spokesperson. "We don't track gun sales, we track the number of background checks we do and that's not necessarily equal to gun sales.

"One could think they were going to purchase a gun and decide not to purchase a firearm or they could maybe purchase two on an approval, for example," Plessinger continued.

Another 7,300 people applied for a gun purchase on Saturday and Sunday. So far this year, FDLE has conducted around 865,000 background checks.

The state set a record last year, when the number of gun buyers surpassed the one million mark.

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