Black Friday Gun Sales Break Records

Tyler Durden's picture

Even as Joe Sixpack was maxing out that last credit card on useless gadgets (but not flat screen TVs as Corning was so nice to warn), he was making sure to have enough in store for that one final Plan Z purchase. Guns. As KNDU reports, "Gun dealers flooded the FBI with background check requests from shoppers,  smashing the single day record with a 32% increase from last year." USA Today has more: "Deputy Assistant FBI Director Jerry Pender said the checks, required by federal law, surged to 129,166 during the day, far surpassing the previous high of 97,848 on Black Friday of 2008." And in reality, the number is likely far greater: "The actual number of firearms sold last Friday is likely higher because multiple firearms can be included in a transaction by a single buyer. And the FBI does not track actual gun sales." And while Saudi Arabia is warning that women driving leads to the end of the world, in America women are now the marginal guy buyer: "Some gun industry analysts attributed the unusual surge to a convergence of factors, including an increasing number of first-time buyers seeking firearms for protection and women who are being drawn to sport shooting and hunting. Larry Keane, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said 25% of the purchases typically involve first-time buyers, many of them women. "I think there also is a burgeoning awakening of the American public that they do have a constitutional right to own guns," Keane said. Yet Keane said last Friday's number appeared to defy complete explanation. "It's really pretty amazing," he said." Indeed it is, and unlike Europe, where with the exception of Switzerland the best the local rioters can do is some imported (from the US) tear gas, when the Arab Spring finally makes landfall, it will be time to use up those one way international frequent flier miles (assuming of course that American and soon others don't cancel them).

More from KNDU:

In the Tri-Cities, sporting goods stores say they've seen an increase in sales in the last four years. Griggs in Pasco saw a 25 % increase in sales from Black Friday last year.


Wholesale Sports in Kennewick has an increase of 35 percent%.


"Normally it's electronics and people are out there looking for that screaming hot deal, and we were discussing that maybe women were out doing that shopping and their husbands were out buying their own Christmas gifts," says Charlie Grigg, whose family owns the ACE Hardware Griggs store.


Grigg says more than half of the calls that come into the store are for the gun department. They even had to put in extra phone lines to do background checks. Managers from both Griggs and Wholesale Sport say the presidential elections have a big effect on sales.  Sales went up four years ago when Obama was elected into office and they say with the new elections around the corner, many fear the President will work on changing gun control laws during his second term in office.

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Teamtc321's picture

Na, I think I will stay right here. I also firmly believe in our constitution. 

philipat's picture

It's fun winding folks up!! I was actually attempting a "Vote down" record and am doing quite well.

There is a serious point though. In the most famous case of DC versus Heller, SCOTUS made a narrow decision with the following dissenting opinion:

In a dissenting opinion, joined by Justices David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer, Justice John Paul Stevens said:

The (Second) Amendment’s text does justify a different limitation: the “right to keep and bear arms” protects only a right to possess and use firearms in connection with service in a state-organized militia. Had the Framers wished to expand the meaning of the phrase “bear arms” to encompass civilian possession and use, they could have done so by the addition of phrases such as “for the defense of themselves”.
reescher's picture

You probably do real well in a pub on a saturday night.

UP Forester's picture

Must be a Chica-metrosexualville-go lawyer.  They don't do too well in bars up here during snowmobile season....

CompassionateFascist's picture

2 Jews, 2 Cosmic WASPs. Figures.

dwdollar's picture

"state-organized militia"

Whose ass did they pull that from? It reads:

"well regulated militia"

FeralSerf's picture

They pulled it from their hats, of course.  That bunch doesn't like citizens with firearms.'s picture

"well regulated militia"

And in this case "regulated" means well trained in the use of arms.

SilverRhino's picture

Actually well regulated meant well functioning back then.

A brand new corvette is a well regulated sports car.

KK Tipton's picture

"Had the Framers wished to expand the meaning of the phrase “bear arms” to encompass civilian possession and use, they could have done so by the addition of phrases such as “for the defense of themselves”.

Like these "dissenting" pukes could have done a better job of writing the Constititution?
They lack the education.

Supreme arrogance on display.

VelvetHog's picture

The right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Pushing Your Red Arrow.

DaveyJones's picture

and if it wasn't a dissenting opinion, you might have some authority there

nmewn's picture

I call complete bullshit.

"It's fun winding folks up!! I was actually attempting a "Vote down" record and am doing quite well. There is a serious point though."

You know how I know this new statement of yours is bullshit?...from your first statement...

"In most countries this is known as the military."

Any Supreme Court judge or commenter (like you) who offers an opinion citing another countrys laws or norms as an avenue to interpret our law and rights should be dismissed out of hand as a dangerous globalist sock puppet.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg does this shit almost constantly...drives me up the wall. No other country or organization has or should have influence over our domestic laws & rights.

Now lets all sing kum-fucking-bayah.

g speed's picture

Lying pile of back peddling shit--You ment exactly what you said-- Typical lib/commie-- love of state over all.

reescher's picture

philpat is stuck at -80. it won't let me vote him down anymore. anyone else?

Rome is burining's picture

Yes "armed militias" ..... to fight the government..... if they ever become tyrannical or oppressive, which we know is a rediculous notion!  It's not like OUR government would ever do something rediculous like suspend our constitutional rights and give the President unilateral authority to declare one of our citizens a terrorist and then deny him a trial or anything silly like that!!!!

Simple.Machine's picture

Saying the 2nd amendment is not an individual right is like saying the first amendment only applies to professional reporters and the media. How many of the other rights listed in the Bill of Rights are not individual rights?'s picture

Rights denoted in the tenth amendment accrue unto either the people or the individual states.

Teamtc321's picture

Get the fuck out you troll. "...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"

VelvetHog's picture

The Supreme Court in all its corporations-are-people-too corruptitude doesn't agree with you, dawg.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Well philipat, as far as I know you now have the record!

+ 1 and -120



An Armed Bearing

fuu's picture

MDB has had well over -250.

Bananamerican's picture

did Philipat set a ZH record?

i bought a "muthafuckin glock" 19...

if it's good enough for the fuzz it's good enough for me

San Diego Gold Bug's picture

philipat Fool,

  Do you know how many retired military people there are in this country, The Great USA, that own guns?  Can you say Springfield M1A .308 with special Night Force night vision scope (500 yards in the dead of night is nothing)!  It is our right, one of the things that has made us great and help provide not only our freedom but the freedom of others (many of us died saving Europes ass from hitler).  hitler took away the guns and look what happened!  Maybe you should just stay inside and let us continue to do the heavy lifting for you!

A Patriot

xtop23's picture

Your words have the ring of a lawyer for the Obama administration sir.

You didn't perchance attend Columbia did you? 

Saul Alinsky is your God.


DanDaley's picture

This is easy to clear up.  The Bill of Rights (the 1st 10 Amendments to the Constitution) protects INDIVIDUAL rights AGAINST the government...all 10 of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights do this, not just one or two of them.  The 2nd Amendment is one of those rights of INDIVIDUALS against government infringement.  Got it?

"Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself."  George Washington

"Americans have the advantage of being armed -unlike the citizens of other countries countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." (James Madison -author of the US Constitution- The Federalist Papers #46 at 243-244)

Looks Madison is right, and you are wrong. 

trav7777's picture

that's contrary to the interpretation of like every legal or historical scholar around...thanks for setting them all straight, moron

joshua10's picture

>>"Here we go again. Actually, the US Constitution does NOT give the right to individuals to bear arms. What it actually describes is the right of the people to establish "Armed militias". In most countries this is known as the military."<<

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Here we go again is exactly correct. I get so tired of correcting this half-ass backward argument. In the US, militias and the military are two completely different groups. Militias are under civilian control, military is under state or federal government control. Take notice of the exact wording of our 2nd Amendment above. No where does it say the militia must be regulated by the federal government or even the state. It says the militia is necessary for a FREE STATE. What ever powers are not specifically delegated to the federal government or the state are reserved exclusively for THE PEOPLE and shall not be infringed.

It is our right and duty to keep and bear arms and the ultimate security of the State is dependent upon the People being armed in order to defend the nation, the Constitution, and each other from all threat within and without.

In most parts of the socialist dominated cradle-to-grave welfare world that is sucking on the tit of the government, this concept is completely alien.

sun tzu's picture

You are actually stupid enough to think that the Second Amendment was put there to give the this country the right to have a military? All the rights in the Constitution are individual rights you fucking retarded statist Nazi pigs. 

DosZap's picture


You must be a Liberal, FAR  left.

The Const, nor the BOR guarantees it.

It just puts it in writing.

Natural Law guarantees it.

Man has a God given inherent right to self preservation, and that of his family.

The BOR's just makes it CLEAR,the government cannot infringe on the right (already inherent thru Natural Law) a citizens/sovereigns right to own them.


Militias are the PEOPLE. Anyone can form a citizens Militia,(train,drill, and practice, have a chain of command, and be ready for whatever comes.)

The standing Army has ZERO to do with a Militia. Militias were formed as groups to be able to  OVERPOWER the Military,if it became onerous.

Originally the standing army, could not exceed 100,000 men.

What grade are you in, and are you American?.

PS: Before you bring it up, the National Guard is NOT the Militia either.

brew's picture

guns, gold and a getaway plan...

FeralSerf's picture

What about girls?  It can get pretty cold and lonely in that cave.

Lednbrass's picture

In that kind of scenario if one has weapons, food, and security the notoriously short sighted American females will be a dime a dozen.

Or perhaps more accurately a bowl of beans a dozen...'s picture

Make that a pre-1965 dime a dozen.

San Diego Gold Bug's picture

Check comparesilverprices website...just found it for best silver prices in the US.  No 90%  but a good site for prices.

DosZap's picture

San Diego Gold Bug

Nice listing for the NOOB, but sure not the best prices.

prole's picture

And your assets well positioned in a diversified MFGlobal account.

peekcrackers's picture

Gold , Guns , GASMASK, getaway plan

navy62802's picture

We got fun and games. We got everything you want.

covert's picture

this is a wonder sign of hope for the future, beware of sudden jihad syndrome.


DosZap's picture

"Deputy Assistant FBI Director Jerry Pender said the checks, required by federal law, surged to 129,166 during the day, far surpassing the previous high of 97,848 on Black Friday of 2008." And in reality, the number is likely far greater: "The actual number of firearms sold last Friday is likely higher because multiple firearms can be included in a transaction by a single buyer.

These numbers ars so far off it's a joke.They cannot even factor in Dealer purchases for stock, OR Permit holders, as they do not have to be NICS Checked.

The number is like 10-20x's that, if not more.

And the FBI does not track actual gun sales."

No, the ATF does illegally.

I have seen it with my own eyes,more than once.(actually saw two ATF agents doing an audit, get removed from the store they were auditing.

WHY?,they were skipping pages and writing down only buyers of all AR 15 clones.The owner confronted them, they told him to do his job, and they would do theirs, and leave them alone.

He promptly called the Dallas Office, and told the head nagga what they were doing,and he wanted them OUT of his store IMMEDIATELY(as they were breaking the law,two to be exact), within 30 mins 2 new agents replaced them.

Since when did the Feds do anything LEGAL.

Maybe, if they get caught red handed.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

America likes gunz more than ever, bitchez

Bansters-in-my- feces's picture

America like gunz more than Bitchez,ever.

SilverIsKing's picture

Guns make the perfect stocking stuffers.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

The guy in the pic looks like he is aiming at his wife.

navy62802's picture

Yeah, he looks homicidal ... about to pop that melon.

MachoMan's picture

You joke, but I was seriously considering giving all the male in-laws ar 15 stripped lower receivers for christmas...  Instead, I picked up 2 for myself...  couldn't pass up the $49.95/pop deal at palmetto state armory.  Nothing says christmas like assembling your own ar 15... 

WaterWings's picture

Get 'em the pistol lowers. Concealable 5.56!!!

100 yards ain't as easy, but you're not likely to need it that far in a pinch...

JohnG's picture

Those are NATO 5.56mm.  Don't make the common mistake of firing .223...can destoy the weapon, and half your face.

Broken_Trades's picture

You're an armorer?

You can shoot .223 remington in a NATO chambered 5.56mm rifle all day long and not worry about a thing.

Supposedly you can't use 556mm in a .223 chambered rifle due to the higher pressures and longer chamber in 556.

If you're really worried , you can always buy a rifle chambered in .223 Wylde


Good Day!