BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Televisions, tablets and smart phones weren’t the only items people looked for on Black Friday.

According to the FBI, shoppers also spent lots of money buying firearms. The federal background check system set a new record for processing gun purchases.


Although, the FBI experienced a record setting Black Friday with an average of almost three background checks per second California was not included in the tally because the state’s record of sales is reported through the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms.

“Those are dealer record of sales. Now you can have multiple long guns on one DROS. So you can have 5 long guns on one DROS. So, even though that number says one that could mean five guns so, it’s not a true accurate number,” said Gene Thome, owner of Bear Mountain Sports.

On an average day in California, anywhere between 1,200 and 1,500 guns are sold. Some buy for protection and many others dealers say purchase guns for gaming purposes.


More restrictions, changes and fees are coming January 1st and dealers say people will start coming in during the holidays to avoid all those extra hurdles.

Source: Carlos Correa,