‘My Friends Like to Knit. I Like to Shoot’: Seniors Fuel Gun Sales

Gun sales are on the rise in every demographic, especially those 65 or older.

Via The Kansas City Star:

Senior citizens are already waiting in the parking lot when the Frontier Justice gun shop in Lee’s Summit opens for business.

On Tuesday, they were among the first through the door and the first to take their places at the indoor shooting range.

One of the regulars is a woman from John Knox Village who has long guns and handguns and visits the range every day.

“My friends like to knit. I like to shoot,” she explained to Bren Brown, president of Frontier Justice.

People 65 and older make up one of the most solidly growing demographics for the firearms industry. They’re acquiring guns and getting training — for recreational target practice and a perceived need for self-protection.

“With ISIS in the news and mass shootings and current events that are happening around the world, I think it brings to the forefront all people’s sense of need to protect their family and to protect themselves,” Brown said, using a common acronym for the Islamic State. “And certainly one of the most vulnerable components of our society are seniors.”

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