About 42% of those denials were because the would-be buyers had felony convictions on their records.
The number marks a 41% increase from the same period last year, another indicator of massive gun sales amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement follows a string of mass shootings in the last month, one of which occurred at a Walmart store.
The retailer cited "changing consumer preferences" and "softening consumer demand."
Bass Pro Shops and Academy Sports + Outdoors are still selling military-style rifles like those used in recent mass shootings.
The retail giant said it's making changes to its gun sale policies "in light of recent events."
This year beat the previous record set on Black Friday in 2016.
"I want to get one before there is a push to make them illegal," one Facebook user commented.
While some Democrats call for stronger gun control legislation following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, gunmakers are seeing their stocks rise.
The gun maker reported a 61% jump in quarterly revenue.
One of the most parsed moments in President Barack Obama’s speech unveiling his executive actions on guns on Tuesday was
The customer's cousin fatally shot three people that night.
Marquez was also charged with defrauding U.S. immigration authorities by entering into a sham marriage with a woman in Farook's extended family.
Remember that time nine people were killed in Charleston?
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's advisers are finalizing a proposal that would expand background checks on gun