"Black Friday" week gun sales, long one of the high points in the year, were brisk, with last Friday set to enter the list of "Top 10" busiest days in history. 

The trade group for the firearms industry, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, released on Monday that the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Checks System completed 711,372 background checks for firearms at retail locations last week including 192,749 checks on Black Friday alone. This represents a modest 2.1 percent bump over last year's Black Friday figures and will add Nov. 25, 2022, to the list of NICS's "Top 10 busiest days" since the system was established in 1998. 

The trade group pointed out that background checks for firearm purchases were already trending to make 2022 the third strongest year on record, coming off the hyperactive years of 2020 and 2021. 

"These figures tell us that there is a continued strong appetite for lawful firearm ownership by law-abiding Americans and that firearm manufacturers across the country continue to deliver the quality firearms our customers have come to expect," said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO, in an email to Guns.com.

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