INDIANAPOLIS - The recent increase in home break-ins and robberies has led to a surge in gun sales.
The owner of Indy Trading Post said more people are buying guns, applying for carry permits and signing up for gun safety courses.
"We've seen a large increase in people coming in that have been in those areas where the home invasions have taken place," owner Brian Ludlow said.
Ludlow stressed the importance of firearms education and safety, but he believes having a gun could prevent somebody from becoming a victim.
"These guys aren't coming in being nice about it. Most of these criminals are armed when they come in. So by arming yourself you are evening out the playing field," Ludlow said.
Annette Pierson said she was concerned about making sure her family was protected.
"I've been a gun owner, but I'm exercising it more with the training, the education and becoming skilled with it," Pierson said. "I will be taking their class. Their last class was full. So I'm definitely going to be taking their class, my daughter-in-law, my children, my family, we all believe in our right to bear arms and protect our families."
Classes are already full for November and are filling up quickly for December, but private lessons are still available. A two-hour lesson will cost about $80.
State police records showed a steady increase in gun permit requests over the last year.
In the third quarter of the year alone, more than 60,000 people in Marion County have applied for a gun permit.
In Indiana, a person needs a permit to carry, but anyone can have a gun at home for personal protection, no permit required.