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Black Friday in the US included a record number of firearm background checks

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Americans made over 200,000 requests for instant background checks for weapon purchases on Friday (Nov. 24), breaking a record for most requests in one day.

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The actual number of guns bought is far higher, since licensed buyers can purchase multiple weapons.

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Background checks in the US between 2010 and 2015

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The US has about 4% of the world’s population but about 40% of civilian-owned guns. The country also has the highest rate of homicides by firearms—nearly 30 per 1 million people, compared to about five in Canada.

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Guns manufactured in the US between 2000 and 2016

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