The NCIS is to created to allow instant background checks on prospective gun owners.
The number of background checks shouldn't be seen as a precise barometer for sales because one person can buy several firearms with one transaction.
The previous records came on Black Friday past year and on the same day in 2015. There were 185,713 background check requests reviewed that day.
The record number of background checks comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for a review of the system on Wednesday, following the November 5 mass shooting at a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church that killed 26 people, including the shooter. "The recent shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas revealed that relevant information may not be getting reported to the NICS - this is alarming and it is unacceptable". Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a full review of the NICS system to prevent further breakdowns.
Kelley was facing a court martial by the US Air Force at the time, on charges of assaulting his wife and stepson. In recent years, mass shootings have prompted state and federal lawmakers to propose gun regulations, leading to increased gun sales.
Kelley had previously escaped from the Peak Behavioral Health Service in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, and authorities had said that the gunman "was a danger to himself and others as he had already been caught sneaking firearms" onto the Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, where he had been stationed.
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