Gun background checks set record on Black Friday

Gun background checks set record on Black Friday
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The FBI on Friday received a record number of requests for gun background checks, USA Today reported.

The number of requests, 203,086, breaks previous records that were set on Black Friday in 2016 and 2015.

The bureau received 185,713 requests on Black Friday last year.


The new record comes several weeks after a Texas church shooting left 26 dead and placed the national background check system in the spotlight. 

The Air Force reportedly failed to place information about the gunman’s prior court-martial conviction for assaulting his wife and his stepson into a database used to screen individuals attempting to obtain firearms.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLisa Page sues DOJ, FBI over alleged privacy violations Sessions leads GOP Senate primary field in Alabama, internal poll shows Trump rebukes FBI chief Wray over inspector general's Russia inquiry MORE last week ordered a review of the federal background check system in response to the Texas shooting. Sessions in a memo ordered the FBI director and the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to pinpoint agencies that are not correctly reporting information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.