Gun sales peak during Black Friday shopping - WSMV News 4

Gun sales peak during Black Friday shopping

Posted: Updated: Nov 28, 2017 08:52 PM
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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Every year, people line up outside of big box retail stores hoping to be the first to buy Black Friday door busters.

This year, guns were at the top of many lists. At the Nashville Armory, the store saw its highest number of gun sales to date.

“Firearm sales nationwide were as high as they'd ever been for a weekend," said Jeff Hartline, who works at the Nashville Armory gun store and range. "Our sales were almost triple in this store and our Franklin store combined with anything we've ever done."

The FBI reported that across the country, they received well over 203,000 requests for background checks for gun sales on Black Friday, a more than nine percent increase from last year.

In our area, Davidson County currently has the most carry permits with more than 33,717 active handgun carry permits. Rutherford has 25,424. Williamson County has 19,105.

Statewide, Shelby County holds the highest number of handgun carry permits with 66,483. They're followed by Knox County, which has 37,409, then Davidson.

So far this year, the numbers continue to rise for permit holders.

But why? Oftentimes politics can be an influence. Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for a review of the national background check system.

Hartline says it's just a part of the holiday shopping season.

"A lot of people have been saving their money," Hartline said. "They've been putting out their wish lists."

The management at Royal Range gun store in Bellevue said their sales nearly quadrupled from Black Friday last year, the best sales they ever had for that day. Well over 50 percent of ammo sales that week were made solely on Black Friday.

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