KNOXVILLE (WATE) – More men are buying guns as Christmas gifts for their wives and children.
Coal Creek Armory employees say their industry is increasingly seen as family-friendly. Sales are up roughly 20 percent from this time last year because most shoppers are men looking to purchase guns for their family.
"I bought two guns for my boys," said Bryan Burnett, a customer who came in to shop for Christmas gifts for his teenage sons.
"The biggest growth in this industry is with women and children," explained Jonathan Carter, who works at the store.
A recent Forbes article listed guns as a top growth market nationally.
The increased awareness can be attributed to general crime, some of the mass shootings that have made national headlines, and speculation that President Obama's reelection will make it tougher to purchase guns.
"People are worried about what the administration will do about firearm sales," Carter explained.
Proponents say buying a gun as a gift for someone you love is a smart and responsible investment.
"If you need personal protection, you need to know how to responsibly use a firearm," Burnett said.
In Tennessee, you are free to purchase a gun in your name and gift it to someone. It is against the law buy a gun for a felon.