US: Black Friday gun sales were highest on record

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Thousands of Americans will be finding guns in their Christmas stockings this year, after the biggest one-day buy-up on record.

Black Friday set the biggest one-day record of background check requests for hopeful gun buyers, eclipsing the previous record by 32 per cent, according to the FBI.

The agency received 129,166 requests for the instant background checks required for all
firearm buyers in the US. The previous high was Black Friday 2008, when 97,848 Prospective firearm owners hit the streets.

Many American cities have relaxed their gun laws in recent months, which may be a Reason for the ammunition shopping spree.

"The laws have changed, and it's a lot easier to give firearms as Christmas presents,'' the director of the Professional Gun Retailers Association told the New York Daily News.

But it's possible that firearm retailers are just catching up with the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy - South Carolina imposed a sales tax holiday on all gun purchases on Black Friday with one shop offering discounts so attractive, its website was crippled by traffic.

Despite the surge in sales, only 36.5 per cent of American houses own guns.

- HERALD ONLINE

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