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Firearm background checks reach record high on Black Friday

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According to new numbers from the CBI, Colorado hit a record high for firearm background checks on Black Friday in 2017. (KOAA) According to new numbers from the CBI, Colorado hit a record high for firearm background checks on Black Friday in 2017. (KOAA)
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Firearm background checks reached an all time high this Black Friday, setting a new record in Colorado and across the country.

That's according to new numbers just released on Monday from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Gun shop owners say it wasn't just the low prices and good deals, it's also a level of fear in the marketplace that they say has more people getting their background checks done and therefore, buying more guns than ever before.

"People are kind of wondering, am I really safe right now?" Robert Holmes, President and Owner of the Whistling Pines Gun Club said.

Instead of lining up at Best Buy or Target for the latest and cheapest 4K TV, many shoppers chose to spend their money at the gun shop.

"This was a great Black Friday and it was a pleasant surprise to us too," Holmes said.

According to the CBI, almost 4800 people across the state applied for a background check this Black Friday alone.

That number is almost 1000 more than what it was four years ago.

Nationwide, the FBI saw an increase of more than nine percent since last year.

"You really can't rely on the police being there in time, you are the first responder, so having the firearm and knowing how to use it, hopefully you never get in that situation, but at least if you know how to use it and something bad happens, you'll be able to have a chance to defend yourself," he said.

Holmes says mass shootings like the church shooting in Texas, the Las Vegas shooting or even the Walmart shooting in Thornton have each played a role in the level of fear instilled in some local gun buyers.

"I'd rather be in a situation with a gun than a situation that I wish I had a gun," Bill Park, a Colorado Springs resident said.

Something Park, a member of the gun club, agrees with.

"I've lived here since 1972 and I don't ever remember having this many incidents," he said.

And he believes, the higher numbers could also be thanks to the current administration.

"I think it's more socially acceptable to own a firearm as opposed to what it was under the last administration," he said.

The number of these background checks are not a measure of how many guns were actually sold on Black Friday, that number is likely much higher since approved buyers can purchase multiple firearms in one purchase.

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