Black Friday is the busies shopping day of the entire year and just as in 2013, 2014 saw a large increase in gun sales, as federal background checks are estimated to be over 144,000 during Friday, according to a statement made by the FBI.
The huge number of checks, which averages to almost 3 per second, 3 times more than a daily average, is handled by 600 contract call center employees and FBI employees that go through a 17 hour workday in order to complete background reviews in under 3 days, as it is required by law. Stephen Fisher, FBI spokesman, declared:
“Traditionally, Black Friday is one of our busiest days for transaction volume.”
Statistics show that over 500 checks fail daily due to incomplete information offered. Officials currently estimate that around 2 percent of the Black Friday checks will not be completed as insufficient information from sources like court documents will not be available. The background check agency employees work every day of the year except Christmas and will have to go through long shifts during the Black Friday weekend, in order to vet all the Friday purchases.
The agency declared that it had processed over 94,000 transactions until 2 PM on Friday, which may actually lead to surpassing the 144,000 precedent set in 2013. Fisher added:
“We are averaging three checks per second. The challenge is to have staff keep up with this volume. We do that by limiting personal leave, asking employees to work extra shifts and reutilizing former…employees to serve in NICS during this period.”
100 extra employees were brought in to handle the increase in background checks needed.
In 2013 there were 21 million background checks handled by the FBI, with 1.1% being denied. In the event that the agency cannot process the request because of any reason and 3 business days passed, sale completion falls under the prerogative of the gun shop owner. Major retailers like Cabela’s, Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods will not complete the sale in this situation.