If you've been a gun range recently, you've seen increased traffic – and you can expect to see even more next month.
August is National Shooting Sports Month, and one organization is helping gun enthusiasts find out where activities are taking place.
"At LetsGoShooting.org, people can go and find out what events and activities are happening near them on our interactive events map," says Zach Snow of National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry. "If there isn't an event happening in your area, visit WhereToShoot.org to find a local range or just head to your local home range and enjoy some local fun target shooting."
NSSF encourages people to take someone new with them to the range. "That is all geared towards celebrating shooting sports," Snow explains, "and [also celebrating] our Second Amendment freedoms by getting out to the range and enjoying some fun trigger time."
Participating in the shooting sports not only benefits the economy but also conservation efforts.
"They benefit the economy and they benefit conservation as it relates to what our state agencies are able to do to manage the species in their states through the excise taxes that are paid on firearms sales and ammunition," adds Snow.
Numerous news reports are documenting the surge in gun sales the last couple of months, particularly among first-time gun owners, and attributing it to the COVID-19 pandemic and the weeks of protests/riots occurring across the country.