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NRA: More seniors are taking gun classes

Posted at 9:28 PM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 21:28:30-04

If you visited the gun range lately, you might have noticed more seniors. The NRA reported nearly 23,000 people over the age of 65 took gun classes in 2015, four times as many as five years ago.

It's an older, wiser crowd walking through the doors at Shooters World. Tom Depolois, 72, comes with his church friends.

"It's a past time and as long as God has give us health to do it, it's something to keep us active," he said.

Depolois is not new to guns. He has a law enforcement background, but after he retired from public safety, he stopped shooting.

"When I retired from law enforcement, I hadn't done it in a long while," he said. "And then I met some friends from church."

The NRA said that increase in because seniors want to feel safer.

Senior citizens are put through the same screening processes as everyone else. Range workers also look for anything that would physically prevent someone from being able to safely shoot a gun. 

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