a replay of the last election cycle. “I think the same dynamics that we saw in
2008 will come up again.” Pratt points to the fact that gun sales increased
strongly after the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, continuing
throughout 2009 and into 2010. After a slight dip, sales have been picking up,
notably with a record day on Black Friday, which saw the largest single day of
FBI background checks.
Final tallies for all of December haven't been released, but the month's gun
purchases will eclipse November. As of Dec. 28, 1,534,414 names had been sent
to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, The New York
Times reported in an editorial.
For the first 11 months of 2011, the FBI did a record 14.6 million checks,
an increase of more than 70 percent from the 8.5 million in 2003.
Kentucky led the nation, with more than two-million background checks
conducted through November; double the No. 2 gun-check state, Texas. The
Bluegrass State, with a population of about 4.3 million, has been tops in
background checks the past five years and has the most checks of any state
since 1998 -- more than 12.6 million.