Gun checks in Texas have busiest November yet
By Christen Smith
Texas just recorded its busiest November ever for background checks, according to federal data. (Photo: Texas State Rifle Association/Facebook)
Texas submitted a record number of background checks in November, according to federal data.
Texas reported more than 163,000 applications to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System last month — the busiest November on record for the Lonestar state since the federal government began keeping track in 1999.
It’s a 3.7 percent increase over 2016 — the busiest on record for gun checks, and by proxy, sales, in NICS history. Closer examination of the federal data shows concealed handgun licences drove the spike in checks, skyrocketing 43 percent over last year alone. By comparison, handguns increased 1.8 percent and long guns declined by 8 percent.
The increase, in part, follows a predictable sales pattern that kicks into high gear after Thanksgiving. Black Friday marks the beginning of the gun industry’s historically most profitable season, boosting background checks across the majority of the nation. This year proved no different with dealers submitting more than 203,000 checks on Nov. 24 — the single busiest day ever for NICS.
Texas, however, reignited fervor on Capitol Hill for new gun laws after a former Airman murdered 26 people at a church in Sutherland