Gun stores see big boost in business

RURAL HALL, N.C.— A Piedmont gun store isn’t only trying to keep up with the demand of gun sales, but also for the demand of people wanting to sign up for gun safety classes.

Pro Shots normally has training classes every other week but recently they’ve had to step up. 

“We’ve added more numbers of classes and in each class they are definitely full and we’ve had to add seats along the back,” says Ted Budd, owner of Pro Shots.

Classes are for first timers and for gun owners who may need a refresher course. 

“The traditional gun shop has tried to get the good ol’ boy, and by golly we love them and that’s a large part of our business,” says Budd. 

Surprisingly, the good ol’ marketing motto is shifting about 40% of Pro Shot’s customers are women. 

“I know a lot about safety; I just don’t trust myself,” says Allie Griesel, a beginner shooter.  She is just learning about shooting as a sport and shooting safety.  “I feel more comfortable around them but I don’t think that’s a bad thing,” says Griesel.

The gun store’s business has spiked over the past few months. 

Budd says their sales have doubled compared to last year.

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