According to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the rush for buying guns accelerates to nearly two checks a second on Black Friday.
“We have a perfect storm coming,” says Kimberly Del Greco, a manager in the FBI division that works with NICS.
There are nine firearms for every 10 people in the United States. To go deeper, someone is shot dead every 16 minutes. The gun shops make about 40 new requests every minute for the performance of criminal background checks on people desiring to buy weapons.
Ranging from the prominent Wal-Mart stores to the local pawn shops, there are over 48,000 gun retailers in the United States.
To keep a check on the buyers, the store staffs can use the online E-Check System provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
NICS performed nearly 58,000 checks on a typical day in 2013. The figures increased to 145,000 on Black Friday last year.
The NICS is going to bring in 100 extra workers than general days for the post-Thanksgiving rush this time.