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Black Friday posts new single day record for gun checks at more than 200,000

The FBI was overwhelmed with more than 200,000 background check requests for gun purchases on Black Friday, setting a new single-day record, the bureau announced on Saturday.

In total, there were 203,086 requests, which was up from the previous Black Friday highs of 185,713 in 2016 and 185,345 in 2015. 

The number of actual firearm purchases is likely higher because one person can buy multiple firearms in one transaction.

The high number of background check requests received by the bureau's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), comes just days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a sweeping review of the system.

That review was motivated by the Texas church shooting where court-martialed Air Force veteran Devin Kelley was able to purchase the rifle used to kill 25 people inside the church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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