Black Friday Gun Sales Break Record

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Mr Obama had previously told BBC News that his biggest regret as president was not passing "meaningful" gun reform during his time in office.

The number of background checks isn't directly linked to the number of guns sold. New records for guns sales on Black Fridays in 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2012.

Black Friday has always been a popular day for deals - not just on electronics, clothes and appliances, but also semi-automatic rifles and handguns from local gun shops.

As USA Today points out, the number of background checks requests do not measure actual gun sales, since it only requires one background check for a buyer to purchase multiple firearms in a single transaction.

USA Today reports that the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) received 203,086 requests for background checks, a significant increase from the previous single-day record of 185,713 requests-set past year on Black Friday.

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Shoppers were taking advantage of discounts, but may have also been motivated by a Justice Department memo last week that directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to review its background-checks system.

Friday's surge in background check requests came two days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to do a comprehensive review of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Sessions cited the November 5 shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, as proof that "relevant information may not be getting reported to the NICS".

And even though gun sales were down during the first year of the Trump administration, gun sales tend to increase following mass shootings.