Girls just wanna have guns

Gender stereotypes are changing and that includes at the gun range.

Women are more prevalent at the local gun range nowadays, as well as in a Concealed Carry classes.

U.S. Law Shield's Emily Taylor said in the past 10 years there's been a surge in firearms classes, accessories and products geared towards women.

“We see in the greater Houston area, a huge rise in the female gun clubs. And in shooting days, almost every range you can find has an all female day now,” said Taylor.

Boyert's Shooting Center's Gabriel Sauceda said women shooting groups go out there for a girls night out.

“We are seeing a lot more women getting involved into the firearm community,” said Sauceda. ““I would say it’s a lot more of just getting comfortable, getting a little bit more knowledge as far as firearm handling and safety goes.”

Sauceda said women are training for protection, as well as for recreational use.

Taylor said this levels the playing field a bit of not being such an easy victim.

“You could be out at the grocery store, or you could be out with your family at church, in a movie theater, and all the sudden you’re put in a situation where your life is on the line and you may have to defend yourself, your family, perhaps other people,” said Taylor.

She said they've seen a spike in female gun ownership and Concealed Carry permit classes.

The Pew Research Center survey reports that 62-percent of gun owners in the United States are men and 25-percent are women.

1. Women gun owners do so at a later age than men.

2. Women own guns for protection rather than recreation.

3. Women are less likely to go sport shooting or hunting.

4. Female gun owners are less likely than male gun owners to say they watch TV programs, videos or go online about guns, hunting or shooting sports.

5. Male gun owners are more likely ot have a gun that is both loaded and easily accessible to them all of the time when they’re at home.

6. Men and women who own guns are similar when it comes to how they see gun ownership.

7. Conservative women gun owners are more supportive than men of laws that would restrict gun ownership.

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