PETAL, MS (WDAM) - Gun sales across the nation are increasing and some local gun dealers say the same thing is happening here.
The FBI reported background checks for gun sales jumped 11 percent last month compared with June of 2014.
The gun industry said more women are buying guns and there is an increase in first-time buyers.
Some gun shop owners in the Pine Belt said they are seeing those trends locally.
"(We're) seeing quite a few first-time buyers and quite a few lady buyers coming into the market because they haven't ever owned (a gun) and they feel like they need one," said Louis Swarts, general manager of Leaf River Sports.
"Crime seems to be up in the area, so now (women) think, 'hey now, I'm going to purchase a gun,' so I have, I've seen a big increase in (purchasing) hand guns," said Charles Dykes, owner of Discount Pawn in Petal.
In June, the FBI conducted more than 1.5 million background checks, which is the most ever for the month of June.