Americans are having a happy, pro-gun holiday season. The FBI said this week it had processed a record number of firearms background checks on Black Friday, indicating more Americans were purchasing guns for the holiday shopping season.
The FBI processed 185,345 background checks — roughly two per second — as Americans took to local malls to buy their loved ones Christmas gifts. That was up five percent from Black Friday 2014, the Associated Press reported. The weapons purchasing spree came as a man fatally shot three people and wounded nine others in an attack at a Planned Parenthood office in Colorado on the same day.
Americans tend to purchase guns after major shootings. The previous record for the most background checks in a single day was Dec. 21, 2012, days after 20 children and six adults were fatally shot in a Connecticut elementary school. At the time, more than 953,613 gun background checks were processed by federal officials.
By some estimates, 79 million U.S. households have guns. Other surveys have found there are between 270 and 310 million guns.