ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – As St. Louis prepares to welcome tens of thousands of gun enthusiasts, you might be surprised who the NRA says is their largest growing demographic. It’s women. And a recent survey by the National Shooting Sports Foundation found 61 percent of retailers saw an increase of female customers from 2009 to 2010.Our experience mirrors that trend. Since the ladies took their concealed class on March 17th, we've purchased several firearms just for the ladies. My second son reports that we've created a monster. His wife now owns four handguns, a larger collection than he has. And, she's interested in shooting anything she can get her hands on. She recently had a chance to fire a 1911 in .45 ACP and claims that she likes that platform as well. Good for her.
I know we've seen an increase in female gun buying. That's a good thing. A very good thing.