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Record-Breaking Black Friday Gun Checks Driven by Big Sales, Fear

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    FILE - A Christmas tree is seen at the National Armory gun store on Dec. 23, 2015, in Pompano Beach, Fla.

    Fear of a crackdown following recent massacres in Las Vegas and Texas appears to be one of the reasons Black Friday was a banner day for gun buyers, with the FBI reporting a record 203,086 background checks for weapons purchases on the day after Thanksgiving, arms merchants and gun control experts told NBC News on Monday.

    "We had the best Black Friday day of sales ever," said Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gun Works in Austin, Texas. “We just had a church shooting here in Texas, so people are talking about increasing security and buying guns for security teams.”

    Cargill was referring to the Nov. 5 mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

    It’s been documented that after major mass shootings, when politicians and others starting talking about gun control, gun sales go up, Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, said.

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