Gun stores are among the retailers expecting bigger than usual sales today. The national trade group that represents the gun and ammunition industry says Black Friday could set a record for the number of background checks performed. Those are required by the F-B-I for gun purchases.
Last year on Black Friday, the number of background checks set an all-time high. Mike Bazinet is a spokesman with the National Shooting Sports Foundation. He says there are several reasons why gun stores will be busy.
“Well, it is a traditional shopping day. In addition, it’s hunting season. We’ve seen a 10 year increase in the interest amongst a large number of people in firearms. And we also believe that there are people who are motivated by the fact that the Obama administration is getting a second term.”
He says some gun enthusiasts are concerned the president may attempt to restrict gun access in his second term. Gun sales have increased since the election.
Bazinet says some retailers are opening early, adding staff and running specials to capitalize on Black Friday traffic.
Copyright Northwest Public Radio 2012