More women are buying guns, using firing ranges than in years past – Peoria Journal Star

MORTON — Kevin Moody has a front row seat to the changing demographics of gun ownership in the country.

Moody owns KAM Shooting Sports, 901 Detroit Court, Suite C, in Morton. The store features one of the few public indoor firing ranges in the area, along with guns for sale, a classroom and gunsmith shop.

“More and more, women are buying guns,” Moody said. “Do I sell more guns to guys? Absolutely. But it’s no longer a man’s game. The perception that a gun store is like a barber shop with a bunch of guys sitting around talking and drinking coffee isn’t reality anymore.”

Shawna Theison of Mackinaw is one of Moody’s customers. She received her Illinois concealed carry permit in 2017. Her daughter Jayden, 14, a freshman at Deer Creek-Mackinaw High School, participates in gun competitions.

KAM Shooting Sports sponsored Jayden at a Glock competition this summer in Dwight.

“There’s no doubt more women are owning guns,” Theison said. “I see a lot of photos my female friends took when they were out hunting, and I was in an all-female gun class of 30-plus women with a female instructor in Bloomington.”

There are more than 3.3 million female hunters and more than 5.4 million female target shooters in the United States, according to a 2017 blog post on the National Rifle Association website.

Shawna and Jayden Theison say they’re glad there’s now an indoor firing range that’s close to their home. KAM Shooting Sports’ firing range opened Oct. 22 after the gun retail store opened in February.

“We’ve been looking forward to the firing range opening,” Shawna Theison said. “We used to have to go to Bloomington to shoot indoors.”

A 2017 study by the Pew Research Center showed 39 percent of men and 22 percent of women said

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