WESTFIELD, Ind. - More seniors are taking an interest in guns these days, according to the owner of a gun range in Westfield.
Tim Tomich of Tim's Shooting Academy said he has noticed a rise in older customers recently as the demographic for gun buyers continues to change.
Indiana State Police records show an upward trend in gun permits. More than half a million Hoosiers have a license to carry.
“I’m seeing more of a demographic change to older customers. And they are very, very interested in learning and being safe,” said Tomich, adding that just the other day his staff "sold 11 firearms and the neat thing about them was, four of them were 65 and older.”
So why is the older crowd getting into guns? Tomich said it's all about self-defense these days.
“I think they’re being intimidated by what is happening out there. There are more break ins, there are more altercations that are occurring out there. And they just want to feel more comfortable." he said. “I don’t think they’ll necessarily be carrying, but I think they want to have something to help protect the home.”
Tomich's advice for folks interested in buying a firearm is to pause and take a course first.
Many ranges offer classes on gun safety and training. Some are even for women only.
You can learn more about courses offered at Tim's Shooting Academy here.