Yes, fire arms dealers love the Friday after Thanksgiving, leaving some of us not feeling all that thankful. On that day, two days ago, the sales of fire arms were so great that the official background checkers were working at a rate of three checks a minute, according to a report on NPR this morning.
International Business has some details:
"We are averaging three checks per second," FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer told CNN. "The challenge is to have staff keep up with this volume.” He said employees are asked to work extra shifts and that the agency limits personal leave. The FBI department in charge of firearms background checks, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, has a staff of about 600. Many of them will put in 17-hour workdays this weekend to keep up with the increased demand for guns on Black Friday.
The sudden surge in checks puts a strain on the agency, which has only until the end of the third business day after someone has attempted to purchase a firearm to determine the buyer’s eligibility. If the agency has not completed the background check by the time the clock runs out, the gun buyer has the right to get his or her gun anyway, at the discretion of the vendor, the Associated Press reported.
Last year, more than 186,000 background checks were not completed on time, according to the AP, although it is unclear how many of those resulted in customers leaving with new firearms. ...IBT
Sheesh! Why bother!