OLATHE, Kan. -- Gun sales boomed on Black Friday, with the FBI processing a record-setting 175,000 background checks – that’s three per second and three times the daily average.
Local gun shops and shooting ranges cashed in on the national trend.
“On an average day, we might sell five-to-six guns,” said Jean Basore, owner of Centerfire Shooting Sports in Olathe, Kan. “That day we sold 28. So it was quite a bit more than average.”
Basore said the sport has grown in popularity over the past 10 years, gaining ground with women and families who use it as a bonding experience.
Throw in special Black Friday promotions and sales, and the cash register at Centerfire was busy the day after Thanksgiving, boasting a five-percent increase in revenue from last year.
“But this is the holiday season,” Basore said. “It’s hunting season. It’s cold. People aren’t doing other outside activities, they’re coming inside. So this is definitely our busiest season of the whole year.”
Several factors can disqualify someone from buying a gun, like a felony conviction or a mental illness. However, Basore said 99 percent of her customers pass the background check with no problems.