KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- More people are exercising the right to bear arms. FBI statistics show a record number of background checks were done in the month of December for gun dealers.
The national statistics say more people are buying firearms. FOX 4 talked to a former police officer who recently bought a gun.
The man doesn't want to reveal his identity so we will refer to him as "John."
"I got a Springfield .40 caliber XD," John said. "That way if I want to conceal and carry later I can, but it's kind of versatile."
"John" is one of the many people who purchased a gun in December. The FBI says 1.5 million background checks were done for people buying firearms during the month of December.
In Kansas City, an instructor at Show-Me Shooters Gun Range can only say it's been busy.
"Business has been kind of brisk, and I don't know if there is a reason for it," said Don Pind, Private Instructor. "It's kind of like car sales, some years are good and some years are bad."
Pind says 2011 was a good year for business. His basic learn-to-shoot classes has seen a rise in enrollees.
"We've gone from none a week to probably four a week," Pind said.
He says students are coming in with new guns. He's not sure why gun sales have gone up.
"Nobody seems to be leaning one way or the other in terms of what they're worried about," Pind said.
"John" says he bough bought a gun and target because he wanted to.
"It's kind of an art form," John said. "It's always striving to see how better you can be."
It's unclear how many background checks were completed for people who've never owned a gun or how many gun owners were just adding to their collection.