CBI Sets Record for Black Friday Firearms Background Checks

11/27/2017—The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) InstaCheck Unit recorded its biggest Black Friday numbers in the history of the unit on November 24, 2017.  

The CBI InstaCheck team conducted 4,779 background checks for firearms transfers between 12:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 24, 2017.

All 41 InstaCheck employees worked a minimum of 10-hour shifts to conduct background checks for firearms transfers on November 24. The unit also expanded its operating hours from 12 hours to 21 hours on Black Friday.

“Because the Black Friday shopping event tends to be the heaviest volume day for the CBI InstaCheck Unit, the team worked to configure staffing and expand hours of operation to meet the demand ,” said CBI Director Ted Mink. “CBI InstaCheck is dedicated to providing the timeliest, most accurate, efficient and professional customer service possible for these critical public safety checks.”

CBI InstaCheck is traditionally open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., daily, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

The following table provides a snapshot of previous Black Friday totals from CBI InstaCheck.  

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CBI InstaCheck is the point of contact for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) program for the State of Colorado. Approximately one dozen states serve in this capacity. CBI InstaCheck technicians analyze eight different federal, state and local databases as part of the background check process for firearms transfers to ensure an individual can legally possess a firearm.