Demand for guns is rising amid signs a recent wave of hate crimes may have led some minorities to seek additional protection as Donald Trump prepares to assume the presidency.
The National African American Gun Association (NAAG) added a record 1,000 new members over Thanksgiving weekend, bringing the group's total membership to more than 15,000, NAAG president Philip Smith said.
"There's just a lot of tension in the country, and people are reacting to that tension I think," Smith said.
The FBI processed a record 185,713 background checks for gun buyers on Black Friday through the agency's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, up from 185,345 last year, the bureau's Stephen Fischer Jr. said in an email.
Though background checks don't necessarily correspond to sales, they serve as a proxy since they are required whenever someone attempts to purchase a firearm from a federally licensed dealer.
The National Rifle Association doesn't share demographic information such as age, race, gender or political affiliation of its 5 million members, said Jason Brown, a spokesman for the group, in a statement.
Shares of gun makers Smith & Wesson (SWHC) and Sturm Ruger & Company (RGR) have nonetheless fallen about 18% and 20%, respectively, since Hillary Clinton conceded the presidential election to Trump on November 9.
The stocks had run up ahead of the election as polls favoring Clinton stoked fears that the stricter gun-control laws she favors would make ownership more difficult.
"Typically the fear of such legislation prompts a near-term surge in consumer demand for those types of firearms, as consumers flock to stores to stock up on such firearms before the ban is potentially enacted," Wunderlich Securities analyst Rommel Dionisio told TheStreet earlier this month.