Guns see high sales on Black Friday

Guns see high sales on Black Friday

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - It turned out to be the busiest Black Friday weekend in history. Not for toys or electronics but for guns.

"Everybody likes to save so when there is a deal, they all come in at the same time," said Kelly Luck, a clerk at Target World on East Kemper Road.

With several good deals on ammunition and compact hand guns on Black Friday, Target World sold nearly 20x their average number of guns on a normal business day.

"About 1,800 and for one day that is a pretty good to sell," said Luck who estimates 70 guns sold on an average day.

Jim Coomb, a regular shooter says with such great deals he couldn't resist.

"Guns tend to be expensive and when you can save anywhere from $20 to $100 on a gun that might run anywhere from $300 to $1,000, it makes sense," said Coomb.

While shoppers didn't have to wait in the cold, they did have to wait to pass a background check, the most lengthy process in purchasing a gun.

"Days like that it usually takes about an hour or longer just for the check per person because the call center is really busy," said Luck.

This year, busier than ever. The Federal Background System set a record on Black Friday completing 175,000 background checks for gun purchases across the country which equates to approximately three checks per second.

"I'm sure the electronics stores are going crazy but I tend to be here. I don't fight the crowds at the malls. I come over here and shoot," said Coomb.

Target World says their biggest sellers this year were compact hand guns and hunting rifles.

More and more shoppers are looking for personal protection Luck says either for themselves or a family friend which is driving sales up. With hunting season here, many shoppers are splurging on new weapons for the hunter in their family.

Luck says both items will be flying off the shelves from now until Christmas.

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