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When Black Friday kicked off the holiday shopping season this year, there was one thing on many people’s wish lists.
Guns were the hot ticket and interest in firearms on America’s biggest shopping day seemed to hit its highest yet. The FBI processed more background checks for gun buyers throughout Black Friday than on any other day, the agency told The Trace.
There were a total of 185,713 checks — the most made in a single day since the FBI’s national instant check system was launched almost 20 years ago. But the huge spike was one almost no one saw coming.
Historically, gun sales rise after mass shootings and calls for stricter gun control, as buyers stockpile amid fears they might not be able to do so in the future. A record two million guns were sold the January following President Barack Obama’s re-election and the Sandy Hook tragedy, according to federal data analyzed by the New York Times.
This Black Friday, however, was expected to be different. The election of Donald Trump, with an endorsement and $30 million in campaign spending by the NRA firmly behind him, was predicted to ease the concerns of gun lovers
Since Trump’s win, some gun shop owners have been seeing a slump in sales. In fact, in the weeks following the election, gun stocks weren’t doing so well. Shares of the publicly traded gun maker Smith & Wesson fell by 15 percent while shares of Sturm, Ruger went down by 17 percent, the New York Post reported.
It was all looking downhill for gun sales. But if this Black Friday’s any indication, that’s probably not the case.
The source of gun sales may not be the usual hard-line Second Amendment activists. Some store owners told NBC News they were seeing as many as four times as many African American and other minority customers, many of these people fearful and wanting protection following Trump’s win.
Still, there could be other reasons for the sales surge. Some stores were handing out steep discounts after stockpiling tons of guns under the belief that Hillary Clinton would be elected, according to CNN Money.
“We were gearing up for a much different result,” Rick Friedman, a gun shop owner in New Jersey, told CNN. “[But] if you’re in this industry you’re obviously very happy about the result.”
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