Since the first of the year with a new pro-Second Amendment president and Republican control of both the House and Senate, the fear of strict gun control laws and gun bans eased off, resulting in sagging firearm sales. Sales have been so poor this year that Remington Outdoor’s credit rating was dropped 2 points to CCC- by S&P. the move could force Remington to face default or bankruptcy with restricting.
However, Black Friday this year may have been salvation for Remington and other hurting gun manufacturers. The FBI reported they were slammed with 203,086 requests for background checks from holiday shoppers, setting a new record.
Guns seem to have been one of the most sought after items this Black Friday.
The FBI was pinged with 203,086 background check requests for firearm sales on Friday, according to data obtained by USA Today.
The heavy volume set a new record for such requests in a single day, outpacing new milestones set in the previous two years.
And the amount of guns actually sold might be even higher than 200,000. That’s because a single background request — sent to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) — can cover the sale of multiple weapons in a single transaction…
2015 Black Friday set the previous record with 185,713 requests for background checks and the 2016 Black Friday requests barely missed the previous year’s mark by only 368. This year’s Black Friday request shattered the old record by over 17,000. A number of gun company had greatly discounted prices to spur sales, but some reported that the mounting support behind some gun control bills following the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs helped push them to buy while they could.