Gun purchases in the United States are on the rise. While the traditional image of someone gun-toting may lead people to think it’s a predominately male endeavor, the truth is that women are now the fastest growing demographic of gun owners in America. Women are embracing their right to bear arms, and are increasingly doing so.
A recent study by the NSSF showed that 32% of individuals who purchased a gun in the past year were female. What’s more, 70% of those women were first-time gun owners. In addition, the number of female hunters has also risen 22% from 2011 to 2016.
Women are taking control of their own safety and self-defense by buying guns. Law enforcement officers view it positively, and point to a 23% decline in women’s murder over the past decade as being partly attributed to increased interest in firearms. That’s not to mention that guns can also increase feelings of independence, security, and power for many women, especially those who live alone.
With more and more women buying guns, the gun industry must adapt accordingly. For instance, many manufactures are highlighting guns which emphasize comfort and ease of use for shooters with smaller frames. Training courses and websites have also been developed specifically for female gun owners, emphasizing the importance of safety and offering insight into the different types of guns and ammunition available.
Ultimately, the rise in female gun ownership is a sign that the traditional narrative of gun ownership in the United States is being rewritten. Although the normal image of a gun owner is still a man, it’s increasingly becoming clear that the face of gun ownership is changing. Women are choosing to exercise their rights to bear arms, and they’re doing it in numbers larger than ever before.