Rangemaster business booming despite slowing economy

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Many people are experiencing all kind of changes either at work or at home due to the uncertain economy. But one business that continues to boom may surprise you.
Tom Givens said local crime is the number one reason why he sees about 200 new students a month at Rangemaster training courses.

Nationally, women make up about 5 percent of the students training to use a gun. In Memphis, it is eight times higher.

"About 40 percent of our are female, for instance," Givens said.  "Only about 7 percent are what you'd typically call blue collar workers. Majority are professionals of some sort. Management people, sales professionals, doctors, lawyers, and accountants."
And whether the economy is up or down, he said people are willing to pay for personal safety.

"Memphis is year after year number 1,2, or 3 with Detroit and New Orleans as far as the most violent metro area in the country. Again, it's nothing new. It's an ongoing problem," Givens said.

Rangemaster said it gets 2,400 new students each year. They do not expect that to slow down anytime soon.

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