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FBI's Black Friday Gun Sales Checks Set Record

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An FBI official says the federal background check system set a record for processing Black Friday gun purchases.
Stephen G. Fischer with the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division says the system processed 175,754 gun transactions on Friday.

It also was the second-highest day overall for transactions in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System’s history. The highest day was Dec. 21, 2012, when the system processed 177,170 gun transactions.

Fischer says about 74 percent of the federal checks were conducted through a secure Internet connection called E-Check. He says that’s also a record.

The system is run from the FBI’s criminal justice center just outside Bridgeport.