Gun Sales Soar With 1st Timers, Women Buying: ‘I Feel Empowered’

SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY — During the same week that the United States held its presidential election, Robin Mazzocca of Wading River took her first shooting lesson at a target range in Riverhead.

Mazzocca, who took the lesson at Baits & Barrels, is the new face of the gun ownership during a time when, from all research and anecdotal accounts, sales of firearms and ammunition are skyrocketing.

The pandemic coupled with the threat of civil unrest and a possible tightening of gun control legislation under a new administration has sent clients lining up for hours at gun shops across Long Island and the nation. And the customer base isn’t comprised of those who fit the former demographic. Instead, there’s been a significant uptick in first-time gun buyers and women, experts say.

For Mazzocca, the desire to protect herself began about nine years ago, when she was home alone with her daughter,

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