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Florida on track for record year for gun sales
FLORIDA -- Florida is on track to set a record in the number of gun sales based on background checks being conducted. A little more than 6800 background checks were requested on Black Friday in 2012. By the end 2013, the state is on track to conduct nearly 800,000 background checks, that's double the number of background checks conducted in 2007.
Black Friday is usually one of the busiest days for gun dealers. All year Rick Bankston has seen more people coming through the doors at Buck and Bass gun shop. Hunting season opens this week and Bankston says he has sold several hunting guns. Bankston's also stocking up for the expected Black Friday rush.
"We've seen a big spike in the last year, and now things are kind of leveling off and getting back to normal but sales are still strong" said Rick Bankston, Buck & Bass owner.
Florida law requires licensed gun dealers to perform background checks on prospective buyers.
"Our goal is to ensure that all law-biding citizens are able to purchase guns legally while preventing those that are unauthorized from having them" said Robin Sparkman, Firearm Purchase Program Supervisor.
Background checks increased at the beginning of the year following the Sandy Hook shooting, and debate for tougher gun laws.
"The pundits get on TV and they start talking about banning guns, it is only human nature that people want what they can't get" said Bankston.
Bankston says it only takes a few minutes for a background check to be approved. Buyers still have to wait 3 business days before picking up their newly purchased gun.