Increase in senior shooter leads to seniors-only firearms classes

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. (April 19, 2016) – The Wall Street Journal recently reported a significant increase in the number of senior citizens who are buying firearms and being trained to use them for personal and home defense.

According to the National Rifle Association, last year alone 22,739 people over 65 took basic firearms classes from NRA-certified instructors. This is a 300 percent increase from five years ago. Frontier Justice in Lee’s Summit has seen this trend first hand and is now offering classes for seniors only.

“There’s a need out there. Many seniors want to remain independent, but feel defenseless,” said Bren Brown, President and Owner of Frontier Justice. “They aren’t looking at becoming sharp shooters, but if they find themselves the target of a robbery or home invasion, they want to be able to protect themselves.”

The seniors-only classes offer the same curriculum as Frontier Justice’s standard classes and are open to anyone 50 years or older. The class size is smaller to offer more one-on-one training, and more time for questions and discussion. The instructors focus on firearms safety and personal defense tactics that are easier for seniors to use.

Stories of seniors being victimized by home invasions, muggings and robberies litter news stations across the nation. Criminals often target seniors because they usually can’t fight back as well as someone who is in their prime years. But some seniors are saying enough is enough. Frontier Justice Lifetime Member, Sherry, practices almost daily for fun, but also to be prepared.

“I don’t want to be helpless. I don’t get around as well as I used to, but I don’t want to be a sitting duck,” said Sherry. “I practice shooting my firearm regularly so that if I am ever confronted with a bad situation, I am prepared and know what I’m doing.”

The first seniors-only class at Frontier Justice is Basic Pistol Skills and Drills and will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. All classes are held in the classroom at Frontier Justice, 800 NE Jones Industrial Drive, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 64064. For more information, people can visit


Jessica Bjorgaard, Public Relations

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