Female Firearms Customers Increase for Third Year in a Row

Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | May 17, 2013 | 10:32 AM EDT

According to a survey by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the number of women customers at firearms stores has increased for the third year in a row.

press release from the NSSF shows "for the third year in a row, the number of female customers has increased." In 2012, 78.6 percent of retailers said more women came to their stores compared to 72.8 percent in 2011, and 61.1 percent in 2010.

The NSSF has surveyed federally licensed firearms retailers across the country for the last five years.  A total of 752 retail businesses located in all 50 states provided responses for this year's survey.

Other findings include the following:

  • 84% of retailers reported that overall sales exceeded sales of the previous year
  • 76.9% of retailers said sales of AR-style modern sporting rifles exceeded sales from the previous year (60.1%, the largest increase in the firearms category)
  • Retailers said that 25.8% of their customers were first-time firearm buyers compared to 25% in 2011, and 20.8% in 2010
  • Firearms most often purchased by women were semi-automatic handguns followed by revolvers, modern sporting rifles, shotguns, traditional rifles and muzzleloaders

As "Right Views" previously reported, the number of Americans buying firearms has skyrocketed in the last few years.

Since President Obama was inaugurated, the FBI has completed 46,455 background checks for gun purchases each day.

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