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Jul 28, 2016 4:03 PM

NH gun clubs and shooting ranges at capacity, forced to turn away new members

Gun shop and shooting range operators, and the clients they serve, say recent incidents of violent mass attacks has spurred an increase in gun sales and training.

Summer violence in the U.S. and around the world is spurring an increase in gun sales. Here in New Hampshire, gun clubs are turning new people away because there are so many who want to join.

For the first time in its history, the Piscataqua Fish and Game Club in Greenland is at full capacity and is putting people on a waiting list.

Bob's Indoor Shooting Range, located in Salisbury, Massachusetts near the state's border with New Hampshire, is getting far more first-time shooters this summer than it’s had in previous years.

“It started after the Paris attacks and our classes have grown dramatically. Every time there’s an attack people come flooding in,” said Dave Reagan, Firearms Instructor for Bob’s Gun Shops.

Sixteen-year-old Tia Martignetti was shooting at the range for the first time. Her father is a police officer in Massachusetts and she wants to buy a gun when she gets older.

“If he's threatened, then the family's threatened. I’d want one just to have if anything happens,” said Martignetti.

Women make up a fast growing market for new gun sales.

“I've been worried about the news and everything going on in this world. If somebody wants to do harm to myself or family I'm going to do what I need to do,” said Karen Fortier, who, at age 50, just bought her first gun.

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