Guns Sales Smash Record on Black Friday

129,166 firearm sales beat old mark by 32%
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2011 5:17 AM CST

(Newser) – Deck the halls with hails of gunfire? It turns out that Black Friday didn't just set a record for retail sales, it also set a record for the most firearms sold on a single day, reports USA Today. A stunning 129,166 firearms were sold on Nov. 25—that's 32% higher than the previous record, from Black Friday in 2008 when 97,848 were sold. These figures are based on background record checks sent by gun deals to the FBI.

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Chalk it up to "a burgeoning awakening of the American public that they do have a constitutional right to own guns," says a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. However gun-control advocates say the big sales only represent gun manufacturers cashing in on the Black Friday marketing. (Click to read about how Santa likes his guns, too.)

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