Gun Sales Set Black Friday Record

By: Estephany Escobar Email
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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Gun sales in Virginia broke a record for Black Friday.

These stats may help set a new high for the whole year.

Leslie Frisco learned how to improve her aim while taking a conceal carry course at The Gun Range, using a gun she bought on Black Friday.

"That day, I did pay cash and got a better deal on the gun," said Frisco.

On a normal Friday, Jordan Coffman sells up to 10 guns at the range, but last Friday that number doubled.

"People are getting ready for Christmas. We had a few sales going on and that kind of thing. I think people are excited about Black Friday shopping, so they came out and saw what we had," said Coffman.

According to the Virginia State Police it ran more background checks compared to last Black Friday.

Those sales may also help to set a new record for the year.

Right now, that number is close to $430,000.

While last year's record stands at more than $432,000; something that doesn't surprise Frisco.

"What you hear in the news and see in the news, just wanting to be able to protect yourself, if the need comes down to it," said Frisco.

Before buying a gun, you need to pass the Virginia State Police background check.

Licensed Virginia gun dealers, like Coffman, enter a buyer's information in a computer system.

"For me, it only took 30 seconds to be approved," said Frisco.

It costs $2 for buyers who live in Virginia, while neighboring states like North Carolina and West Virginia contact the FBI before someone buys a gun, but the buyer isn't charged.

The money you pay for your background check in Virginia goes to back to the state.

Lawmakers then cover the costs to run the program.


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