Gun shop owner sees surge in female customers, blames crime

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One Central Indiana gun shop owner has seen the number of women coming in to buy a gun surge dramatically in the last year.

In the last 40 years, Don Davis of Don’s Guns on Lafayette Road has seen a lot of customers, but he said he’s seen a recent rise in female shoppers.

“In the last 12 months, we’re probably up 500 percent,” said Davis. “The women are scared! I don’t blame ’em!”

Davis believes his newest clientele is reacting to local crime.

A look at the crime statistics in Indianapolis reveals women have some concerns. While burglaries are down about 15 percent from last year, homicides are up 41 percent. Robberies are up too, but only by 3 percent.

Davis said from what he hears in his store, more and more women are taking aim at the crime problems in their community. He believes that trend—and business—will continue to grow.

“Women today know they got children they gotta take care of ’em. Their husbands are not there all the time. And they’re going to take care of them and themselves,” said Davis.

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