Looks like Santa must of had a sleigh full of guns this year if the record setting background checks for gun purchases is a sign.

With a few days left in December, the FBI reports the number of background checks has already topped the previous one-month record — set only in November — of 1,534,414 inquiries by gun dealers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System also known as NICS. Almost half a million checks were done in just the last six days before Christmas.

Two days before Christmas, NICS ran 102,222 background checks, which was the second-busiest day in history. The one-day record was set this year on Black Friday, the big shopping day following Thanksgiving, with 129,166 searches. By comparison, the previous one-day high was set November 28, 2008, when gun dealers made slightly less than 98,000 requests for background searches.


So is the spike in sales a good sign for the economy? Sure it is but it also may tell us that people feel the need for protection. Maybe they want to have additional hunting opportunities to harvest their own food. Whatever the reasons its good to see money being spent in the local economy.