Gun sales up this Christmas season
The Firearms Dealers Assn says gun sales have steadily increased the last five years.
A gun on display at Bryansteens Gun & Archery in Roanoke.
8:08 p.m. EST, December 21, 2011
Forget the mall. Some people are shopping for Christmas gifts at gun shops.
Nationwide gun sales are up.
Last month background checks were done for 1.5 million people according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Most of those translate into gun sales.
Business has been steady at Bryansteens Gun and Archery in Roanoke.
Between hunting and Christmas gifts demand is high this time of year. The owner says sales are up compared to last year.
"It's kind of a tradition," says Paul Hylton, owner of Bryansteens, "Virginia is steeped in tradition and firearms have been a big part of it. So it's not unusual for us to be busy at Christmas time."
More women are buying guns. Bryansteens offers ladies only classes which are popular.
According to the Firearms Dealers Association, gun sales have been steadily growing the last five years