Some call it firearm feminism. According to gun trade groups, more women are buying guns than ever before.One recent survey indicates self-protection is the main reason, but first-time female gun buyers are also citing fear of civil unrest, election uncertainty and the coronavirus as influencing their decision to buy firearms.Business owner Angela Geotz says she wants to be legally armed if trouble comes her way.“I just want to be able to protect myself if I have to, my family,” Geotz said.Geotz is not alone. Jessica Howard is a first-time gun owner.“There is a lot of crazy stuff going on and I’m a single mother,” Howard said.Firearm sales to women are up 40% from 2019, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The trade group surveyed gun retailers. The survey finds personal protection is the primary reason and semi-automatic pistols are the most popular.First-time gun owner Vickie Hayes bought a semi-automatic pistol after someone broke into her home.“It kind of scared me a little bit, so I thought a good way to protect myself would be to get a handgun license. So, I did and I purchased a gun,” Hayes said.The firearms industry noticed the surge beginning in March with the coronavirus outbreak.Since then, concern over civil unrest is the biggest reason for the surge, that’s according to a poll conducted by national firearms group A Girl & A Gun:14% Riots/Fear of Mobs and civil unrest.12% Concerns over 2020 Elections.8% Lack of Law enforcement resources.7% Pandemic uncertainty.7%
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