St. Peters, MO (KSDK) - An incident like a home invasion is exactly why some people want a gun and in the past five years business at gun ranges has spiked.
The place we went to on Sunday was packed. The owner tells me his business is booming, but the reason people are coming these days has changed.
The more brazen the criminals - the more prepared the victims, at least that's the hope for those visiting gun ranges.
On a Sunday afternoon the stalls at Ultimate Defense in St. Peters are split with both men and women.
"There are a lot of people who just five years ago would not have had any incentive to go out and try to fire a gun or try to look for a firearm," says owner of Ultimate Defense, Paul Bastean, who's also a police officer.
He says five years ago his customer was a hobby shooter, but that is quickly changing.
"The customer we have walking through the door right now, is genuinely concerned for their safety and well being," says Bastean.
That includes Brenda Clamors who never thought the day would come that she would learn how to shoot a gun.
"The world's changing a whole lot and my husband and my son took it and I just kind of thought it would be a good thing to do to be able to defend myself and my children," says Clamors.
"As being a police officer for the past 15 years, there's definitely been a degradation of society," says Bastean.
"I think a lot more people are scared and trying to learn something and go out and protect themselves," says gun owner Rachel Govro.
She says she's been shooting since she was about 6 years old.
"I'm going to do what I have to do," says Govro.
Bastean says his business is now at least 30% women and they have had to double the number of women's classes.