I'm not necessarily a gun fan but I do know that gun sales are on the rise right here in Michigan.

I know several people who own guns, mainly for protection, and some use them for recreational purposes.

According to the Lansing State Journal, there's an explosion of interest from people who want to learn about guns.

Rick Ector, who is a firearms instructor in Detroit and has been for the past 13 years, said the interest in personal protection is on a level none of us has ever seen. And that includes firearm instructors.

Overall, the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is sparking increased interest in gun ownership.

Some people who own firearms feel that the upcoming presidential election and the need to assert gun rights contribute as well.

With everything going on these days and all of the changes, "gun owners are becoming more diverse. Nearly 15% of those who bought guns during the first six months of the year are Black, an increase of more than 50%." (LSJ)

Also from the trade organization National Shooting Sports Foundation, members also found that between mid-March and May, women accounted for over 40% of their customers.

Gun sales are up around the country. Gun retailers saw a 95% increase in firearm sales and a 139% increase in ammunition sales in the first six months of this year.

I mentioned earlier in this post that my wife and I do not own any guns whatsoever. We're just not comfortable with making that kind of decision at this point.

When you take a look at the FBI and background checks, "purchasing a firearm or applying for a permit to carry a concealed gun were up 42% in March and nearly 70% in June of this year." (LSJ)

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