TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Black Friday is typically the busiest gun-buying day in Florida, eclipse last year only by the days that followed the Sandy Hook massacre.
More than 6,000 guns are expected to be sold on Friday alone. By the end of the year, the state will have conducted a record 800,000-plus background checks, double the number of background checks conducted in 2007.
"Our goal is to ensure that all law-abiding citizens are able to purchase guns legally while preventing those who are unauthorized from having them," said Robin Sparkman, firearm purchase program supervisor.
Background checks are conducted twelve hours a day every day of the year but Christmas and New Year's. It takes 62 people to keep up with all the calls coming in to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Only about 2 percent of the background checks requested by licensed firearm dealers are refused.
With so many guns being sold, Robert Kornegay thinks guns and gun safety are a good investment. He and his family opened an indoor shooting range three months ago.
"Public safety is No. 1 with the people today, and people want to have a firearm but they want to be safe," Kornegay said.
The range charges $20 an hour to shoot. Before making the investment, Kornegay did the math.
"We saw the trend of gun sales going up. We thought that would be a good place for us to be," he said.
Just more than 5.1 million guns were sold in Florida over the last decade.
The busiest day on record for gun sales was just under 9,000. It happened in the days following the Sandy Hook shootings last December.
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