Answer: Pretty much for the same reasons as Coloradans, New Mexicans, Vermonters, or any one else:
- Personal protection
- Recreational target shooting
- Competitive shooting
Via law-blogger Glenn Reynolds, who is quoted in the story.
Reynolds thinks the gun-control movement was partly driven by civic panic in the 1960s and ’70s in the wake of high-profile assassinations and mounting urban crime rates. As crime rates have fallen even while gun ownership continues to grow, he says, “Maybe we’re back to sort of a renormalization”—a society that is growing more comfortable with guns on its streets, in its office buildings, in its restaurants and movie theaters.The most-blogged gun shop in America (thanks to Tam) is prominently featured.