Jeff Sessions orders review of gun background check system

FILE The FBI reportedly saw an increase in instant gun background checks on Black Friday when compared to last year

"Background checks are considered the best available proxy for gun purchases since overall sales numbers are not made public", reports NPR's Uri Berliner.

The FBI was flooded Friday with more than 200,000 background check requests for gun purchases, setting a new single day record, the bureau reported Saturday.

On Black Friday, the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) received a record number of requests from hopeful gun owners. In fact, November 24, which fell just weeks after 26 people were killed in a shooting at a Texas church, saw the Federal Bureau of Investigation receive more than 200,000 requests for gun background checks.

The previous record set past year was also on Black Friday.

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Prospective gun owners filed 203,086 requests to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). However, a 2015 Time magazine report suggested that mass shootings could increase gun sales: "Spikes in gun sales regularly occur following mass shootings, often over concerns of increased gun regulation or because people are looking for increased protection", Time reported.

Donald Trump's pro-gun presidency has contributed to a slowdown in sales this year.

The number of background checks shouldn't be seen as a precise barometer for sales because one person can buy several firearms with one transaction.

The gunman who killed 26 people at the First Baptist Church earlier this month should never have been carrying a gun.

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Federal authorities, meanwhile, have for years openly complained that incomplete databases and staff shortages make it hard to keep pace with the constant stream of background checks required of most new gun purchasers and efficiently trace firearms used in crimes.

The increase may be due, in part, to Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordering a review of the system after an Air Force veteran massacred 25 churchgoers in Sutherland Springs, Texas with a rifle he should not have been permitted to purchase if the Air Force reported his criminal convictions. He was legally barred from possessing a firearm after being convicted of assaulting his then-wife and baby stepson, while serving in the Air Force.

The review will examine whether other government agencies are failing to report information to the database.

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