WESTFIELD, Ind. (Dec. 22, 2015) - Guns continue to be popular items on holiday shopping lists. Black Friday gun sales came on higher than in past years. To date this year, more than 800,000 FBI firearm background checks have been completed in Indiana with the December number still not yet accounted for.
The recent spike in violence may be part of the holiday shopping rush. Some local gun store owners say it’s hard to keep up the inventory.
“I’ve see an explosion,” said Tim Tomich of Tim’s Shooting Academy in Westfield. “I’ve seen a lot of people coming in, purchasing guns for the first time. People you never though would own a gun.”
As for those people are, Tomich says there’s a broad range, but he does see an increased number of elderly people, young professionals and women. They’re all buying weapons and filling classes.
“I bought my gun on the Wednesday after Black Friday,” said Fran Kurtz who says she picked up the idea of owning a gun two months ago from her sister. “I just love it and I want to shoot for fun, but I also want protection.”
Indiana has seen a record number of guns purchased this year. Spurring sales are the recent violence we’ve seen across the country and here at home.
“I think because some of the things that are going on in the United States and around the world, people are scared,” said Kurtz, who owns a Luger 22.
Tomich says his store has seen a spike after every major shooting incident including the San Bernadino massacre and the Amanda Blackburn murder.
“The number of guns to be sold for the holidays are going to be relatively constant, but I think the increase in gun sales would be the uptick of the concern that people have out there right now,” said Tomich.
Experts say the trend will likely continue into the new year.
Store owners say that purchasing a gun is a personal decision, and that educating yourself, including taking firearm classes, is important