|Updated: 2/13/2013 10:41 am
||Published: 2/12/2013 10:44 pm
The flower shops and candy stores have some competition when it comes to Valentine’s Day gift giving.
Gun shops have more customers that are fired up about purchasing presents for their sweethearts.
2-A Shooting Center in Tulsa has recently seen in influx in couples who are opting to buck holiday norms.
“They’ll do dinner, and then a movie and they’ll spend some time at the gun range,” said the general manager at 2-A Shooting Center, Eric Fuson.
Fuson tells FOX23 that, as a whole, gun sales are up. However, he says customers are purchasing gifts at the shooting range for the upcoming holiday.
“Anything from guns to ammunition, accessories and gift certificates,” said Fuson.
He says some couples have purchased open carry classes as a gift for their significant other. He says the center is offering a special ‘Valentine’s Day Special.'
“One person can pay to shoot at the gun range and their date can shoot for free,” said Fuson.
April DeGroat tells FOX23 cupid hit the mark with her early Valentine’s Day gift. Last year, she received a dozen roses but this year she received a 9 millimeter handgun.
“Roses are pretty but I like the gun,” said April. She says she appreciates candy and chocolate but the firearm offers an aspect of peace of mind and safety.
“I can make sure that my family is safe and you don’t get that with a rose,” said April.
Ron White says that he will surprise his valentine, his wife, with gifts from the shooting center.
“We bought some guns and I took her to go get her concealed carry license,” said White.
Firearms aren’t for everyone and Fuson recommends that couples come to an education class to familiarize themselves with the equipment before making a purchase.