More women own guns

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News 12 at 11 O'Clock, June 9, 2007.

Edgefield, SC---More and more women are choosing to fight back by arming themselves, it's a growing trend nationwide with more than 17 million women out there who own a gun.

The Edgefield Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation held hosted a woman's handgun class to teach women the basics of shooting and the laws surrounding concealed weapons in South Carolina. "We've had so many instances of women getting shot, raped or killed especially in the Columbia area, that's where I work and I just want protection," said participant, Lynna Rushton. According to the latest research, roughly 15 % of women will account for firearm sales which could mean about $420 million in sales in one year alone. "It's important for women because it allows them to defend themselves instead of waiting on someone else to come to their aid," said Matt Lindler, Editor for Jakes Magazine. "I had no idea there were so many different types of guns, how to take them apart, there's a lot more to it than I thought," said student Melanie Pruett.

The Edgefield Chapter of the Wild Turkey Federation hosts these prorams once a year, but if you missed out on this weekend's course you can always contact a local gun shop and ask for a list of certified instructors.

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