Record number of applications in US for arms purchase

World November 25, 2017 22:39

washington - The US Federal Police FBI was flooded on Friday with more than 200,000 check requests for the purchase of firearms, a new daily record, the agency reported Saturday.

In total, the FBI dealt with 203,086 control requests on the Black Friday bargaining day, an increase compared to previous records on one day of 185,713 last year and 185,345 in 2015. The two earlier records were also on Black Friday, according to the US newspaper Today.

Control requests, required for purchases from federal arms dealers with a license, are not a measure of actual arms sales. The number of firearms sold on Friday is probably higher because a single buyer can buy multiple firearms in one transaction.

The rising figures are only a few days after Minister Jeff Sessions of Justice announced a major revision of the system. Earlier this month, a fired air force veteran was still able to buy a rifle with which he shot 25 people in a church in Texas.

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