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Gun Ownership By Women Is Booming
The Inquisitr ^ | February 16, 2014 | Staff

Posted on 02/17/2014 6:48:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Women gun owners are becoming a significant constituency in America.

As The Inquisitr previously reported, the number of women participating in gun sports, such as target shooting and hunting, has steadily increased over the last decade. Estimates of the number of US women who are purchasing and learning how to use guns range from 12 million to 17 million.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) claims that women are the fastest growing demographic of firearms enthusiasts.

This growth is occurring perhaps because of, or despite, controversial efforts at the federal and state level to enact additional gun control regulations.

CNN has reported that “Almost 80 percent of gun retailers reported a rise in female customers in 2012, according to industry figures. In Florida, 22 percent of the concealed carry permits are held by women. In Texas, women hold 28 percent of concealed carry permits, up sharply over the past decade.”

Even the pro-gun-control New York Times has acknowledged this trend: “In the debate over firearms regulations, the voices of gun owners have largely been those of men. But at firing ranges across the country, a growing number of women are learning to use firearms and honing their skills… Though they may share a fierce belief in the Second Amendment with their male counterparts, female gun owners often learn to shoot for different reasons, their interest in and proficiency with firearms not just a hobby or a means for self-defense, but a statement of independence and personal power.”

On a national basis, gun sale background checks have set a new record, with women buying guns for self defense and/or sport presumably accounting for at least some of the increase. In 2013, according to the FBI, there were about 21 million background checks as compared to about 19 million in 2012. States that enacted additional gun control laws have evenn seen a spike rather than a reduction in gun sales. Texas was responsible for the most background checks of all the 50 states. The Rosenberg, Tex., police department even suggested on its Facebook page that men give the lady in their lives a handgun for this year’s Valentine’s Day as a “gift of safety.”

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To appeal to this growing female demographic, gun manufacturers are apparently bringing to market lighter-weight weapons with slimmer frames and even custom colors.

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Separately in gun ownership news, this past week a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit threw out concealed-carry restrictions in California, although the decision is subject to further appeals.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; ccw; economy; women
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1 posted on 02/17/2014 6:48:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yabutt, how much ammo do they have?


2 posted on 02/17/2014 6:49:51 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Comments?

Uhh, great? When my wife takes Mr. Gaston Glock with her, I feel much better about it.

3 posted on 02/17/2014 6:51:32 PM PST by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not only CC but rifles and shotguns also. It only takes one trip to the range and a few trial shots with a 22 or 223 and most want to fire the rifles. Most learn quickly and are good shots.


4 posted on 02/17/2014 6:53:31 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Anything regarding this administration ..... remember I told you so first!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hopefully this is a hint that we won't be seeing this kind of crap anymore...


5 posted on 02/17/2014 6:55:46 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

I really doubt that “Julia” is out buying a handgun.

She’s far too busy fundraising for Sandy Fluke’s Cali Senate bid.


6 posted on 02/17/2014 6:58:02 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Most of the women that I know who carry aren’t bothering to get the permit. They are all over forty or fifty and haven’t had a face to face conversation with a cop in over twenty years. The majority conceal the handgun in a cloth bag and keep it in their purse or coat pocket. Unless you knew specifically what you were looking for you’d never find it.


7 posted on 02/17/2014 7:04:31 PM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

More young women see personal protection as a right, and a gun as a force equalizer, so they carry a gun to stop a would be rapist or robber. Some learned this from conservative kin, others who took self defense classes and decided to go even farther than karate.
Many older women who are divorced or never married are purchasing guns to protect themselves in response to increasing crime reports. I’m sure the black mob violence is adding to the furor.


8 posted on 02/17/2014 7:10:58 PM PST by tbw2
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To: B4Ranch

Smart women; it’ll be a surprise for any thug and few juries think of convicting women who shoot someone who is trying to harm them.


9 posted on 02/17/2014 7:12:03 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: tbw2

Thankfully women are taking responsibility for their own well being. They aren’t planning on a man or a marriage or a police officer. To me, a gun is better than a knife or mace since after all, a thug can wear a mask or thick clothes and likely repel. A gun causes enough pain and harm to end up letting the woman get away. To me, avoiding close contact is another goal.


10 posted on 02/17/2014 7:13:45 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: RetiredTexasVet
Way to go ladies,,,, my other half "Progunner", with all his patience and love taught me how to shoot before we were even engaged. We then taught our daughters. I DO NOT carry a "Ladysmith" or a snubbie 38. I carry one of my hubbies race guns "without the compensator" being a full size 1911 in 45acp. Keep it going fellow female gun totters,,,, this woman is on your side all the way.
11 posted on 02/17/2014 7:14:36 PM PST by progunner (no compromise)
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To: Azeem

Once I’m able, I’ll be sharing a bed with Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson. I think something fairly light, but not a pistol, I would prefer to be able to just jam the magazine right in and shoot. Not bothering to load each small individual bullet and I like the thought of having more bullets to fire.


12 posted on 02/17/2014 7:15:11 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: progunner

YOU GO GIRL! Those snub guns are so wimpy.


13 posted on 02/17/2014 7:15:48 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: nascarnation

Probably not, most likely a liberal has a hired bodyguard or a gun of their own though. I have learned one thing, and that’s this...

... Never take an anti-gun politician at their word, it’s pretty much always “Do what I say, not as I do” from them anyways.


14 posted on 02/17/2014 7:21:13 PM PST by Morpheus2009
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Just what kind of women are buying these guns though?


15 posted on 02/17/2014 7:23:50 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Not that kind.


16 posted on 02/17/2014 7:25:50 PM PST by AbnSarge
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To: CorporateStepsister

avoiding close cotact is the goal of eveyone who is serious about staying alive.


17 posted on 02/17/2014 7:27:33 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: CorporateStepsister

I KNOW I got a sister in you,,,, I love having a gun/bulletsmith for my other half. KEEP SHOOTING SIS!!!!


18 posted on 02/17/2014 7:31:46 PM PST by progunner (no compromise)
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To: CorporateStepsister

I advise women to carry a revolver because there is no worries about releasing the safety, pulling the slide to load a round, a misfire or a jammed round. If a revolver doesn’t fire, pull the trigger again and it will.

In most cases your attacker will be so close that a miss almost has to be intentional. Yes, a lot of people don’t want to shoot another person and will miss intentionally hoping the noise will scare them away. Most of the time they are right but when they are wrong it generally turns out badly.

If you think you’re going to get into a gunfight bring your shotgun, not a measly handgun.


19 posted on 02/17/2014 7:32:04 PM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Dat sign is retarted.


20 posted on 02/17/2014 7:34:42 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: B4Ranch

A shotgun? I would prefer to carry any gun I have in a holster and I can’t do that if I bring a shotgun. I don’t think a shotgun can be concealed if I want to go on a fun meal with friends or a colleague. As for the rest, it’s a matter of quick thinking and quick moving. I want something that is sleek and something that can be loaded quickly. I don’t want to waste time if this is life or death/rape.

By the time I am a full owner, I should be smart and deft enough to handle a gun like a handgun. I plan on being heavily trained in using and handling a gun.


21 posted on 02/17/2014 7:43:56 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: B4Ranch

A “Squib” load can happen with ANY gun,,,, DO NOT misinform us women. Unfortunately CQB’s are the norm in rape cases. A woman who is PROFICIENT is a force to reckon with. I can “Un Jam” the slide of my 1911 faster than you can count to 1/2.


22 posted on 02/17/2014 7:52:39 PM PST by progunner (no compromise)
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To: progunner

True Squibs can and do happen but they aren’t common. Can you clear a jam with one hand?


23 posted on 02/17/2014 7:56:25 PM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: B4Ranch

PS.... I keep my 45 in condition “3”. I DO NOT have to cycle the first round.


24 posted on 02/17/2014 7:57:00 PM PST by progunner (no compromise)
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To: B4Ranch

You need TWO hands to rectify a jam,,,, one to hold the lower receiver and the other to slam the slide forward.


25 posted on 02/17/2014 7:59:54 PM PST by progunner (no compromise)
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To: Paladin2
You'll never know--and I'll never tell--LOL!
26 posted on 02/17/2014 8:06:11 PM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: progunner

Do you see now why I opt to carry a revolver?


27 posted on 02/17/2014 8:10:23 PM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: basil

Hey sis,,,, I’ll back you up any day, any way,,,, keep shootin.


28 posted on 02/17/2014 8:16:53 PM PST by progunner (no compromise)
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To: B4Ranch

No,,,, I don’t see why. My husband brings in as many “wheel guns” as he does “semi autos” for repairs. You made your choice,,,, I’ve made mine.


29 posted on 02/17/2014 8:24:24 PM PST by progunner (no compromise)
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To: Paladin2

More than she’ll ever use......

Cept for the Model 94 Winchester she doesn’t know I bought her. (1954)

Only a hundred rounds so she’ll have something to practice with when I present it.


30 posted on 02/17/2014 8:28:51 PM PST by G Larry
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To: CorporateStepsister

I’d like to suggest that you give revolvers more serious consideration.


31 posted on 02/17/2014 8:30:21 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: G Larry
My kid has a '94 that is old enough to not be a firearm.

Shoots fine.

Some ammo is now available and we'll be getting 10 years worth.

32 posted on 02/17/2014 8:33:53 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Lurker

Why????


33 posted on 02/17/2014 8:48:08 PM PST by progunner (no compromise)
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To: progunner

Because if you’ve ever done any stress training, you will find how “in the way” a safety is.

For the way most women would carry, a semi-with the safety off is not advised.

I too recommend a revolver, preferably a 38 S&W.


34 posted on 02/17/2014 9:03:35 PM PST by G Larry
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To: Lurker

Just keep on keeping on sis, just be comfortable in whatever you choose. Get proficient in whatever your choice is and just shoot. Get good at it and DON’T let ANY man denture you from what you become proficient at. Nite sis,,,,


35 posted on 02/17/2014 9:04:16 PM PST by progunner (no compromise)
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To: progunner
Meant that for cooperate sis
36 posted on 02/17/2014 9:07:01 PM PST by progunner (no compromise)
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To: progunner

1.) Revolvers arer less expensive to purchase. A good quality used one can be had for less than $400.

2.) revolvers are far easier to learn with than are semi-automatic pistols.

3.) Revolvers can chamber and fire omore than one caliber of ammunition. For example a .357 magnum can safely chamber and fire .38 Spl ammunition. Semi-auto pistols can not.

4.) If a revolver fails to fire all one need do is pull the trigger again. Semi-auto pistols require much more manual dexterity in the event of a failure.

While I respect your right to purchase whatever you wish to, I respectfully suggest you not exclude a revolver out of hand. I am very, very experienced with handguns of all kinds, I have chosen this type of handgun as my primary defensive weapon.


37 posted on 02/17/2014 9:07:30 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: B4Ranch
I advise women to carry a revolver...

Sound advice. Mrs. Thunder carries a S&W Bodyguard - .38 spl 5 shot, fits her hand like a glove. I've seen the Mrs. get slightly flustered at the range with her semi-autos so I feel better about her carrying the revolver. I also bought her some snap-caps and we've been doing some remedial handling training at home... Oh, and somewhere along the line she ended up with more handguns than me. How the heck did that happen?

38 posted on 02/17/2014 9:28:36 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: ThunderSleeps

I personally carry a Taurus .22mag revolver, eight shot. Quick followups. I did do a trigger job on it. Amd seeking someone to set it up for moon clip reloads. I consider it nearly the perfect concealed carry piece. I also have a grip laser on it.


39 posted on 02/17/2014 9:32:43 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: progunner
PS.... I keep my 45 in condition “3”. I DO NOT have to cycle the first round.

That sounds more like carry condition 1. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Cooper what reference or system are you referring to?

I keep my G19 carry condition 3 when in low threat environments and carry condition 1 (though with a Glock that's more like 0) in high threat environments. And yes, I'm a little concerned by this practice too. I verify the condition/status of the weapon every time it goes into or comes out of the holster. But the inconsistency still bothers me a little. May go to all CC 1 full time...

40 posted on 02/17/2014 9:35:18 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Lurker

You’ve got to be kidding me.... Do you think that this woman knows nothing about firearms???? First off,,,, recovery time with a wheel gun is much longer than with a semi auto(prove that to the bowling pin match shooters in this country buy the way).Yanna go any further????


41 posted on 02/17/2014 9:52:52 PM PST by progunner (no compromise)
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To: progunner

Sorry, I did not mean to offend you. I was asked for some advice, and I gave it. The poster didn’t indicate that she was buying a firearm to shoot bowling pins.


42 posted on 02/17/2014 10:00:28 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker

The bowling pin match didn’t mean a thing. I was talking about recovery time,,,, if you don’t know what that involves than you best get acquainted with it. Multible adversaries require multiple shots,,,, and accurate ones. Trigger pull between a wheel gun vs. a semi auto are horses of a different color. Your pulling a hammer back as opposed to releasing a sear. Anything else????


43 posted on 02/17/2014 10:36:19 PM PST by progunner (no compromise)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Somewhere in my motivational posters file I have a photo of Ann Barnhardt’s pink and white AR-15 M4 carbine clone. She's challenging the Muslim Jihadis to come and get their 72 virgins one 5.56 round at a time.
44 posted on 02/17/2014 10:37:12 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The pistol, caliber .45, M1911 and M1911A1, was given by God to John Moses Browning on Mt. Sinai so that Man could dispatch the followers of Satan one 230 grain slug at a time. One hundred twelve years later it still keeps repopulating Hell with Satan’s deceased spawn.


45 posted on 02/17/2014 10:45:38 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: B4Ranch
The majority conceal the handgun in a cloth bag and keep it in their purse or coat pocket.

My wife LOVES her Sneaky Pete! http://www.sneakypeteholsters.com/

46 posted on 02/18/2014 12:13:16 AM PST by TexasRedeye (Eschew Obfuscation)
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To: Lurker

Like this:

http://www.aceros-de-hispania.com/zasdar-guns/revolver-u581682-smith.asp?product=revolver-327-kitII

or this:

http://www.carabinasypistolas.com/en/pistols_and_revolvers/revolvers_co2/smith_and_wesson_686_6_revolver.php#!prettyPhoto

Which do you think will look better with pink jammies?


47 posted on 02/18/2014 12:15:53 AM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: Lurker
If a revolver fails to fire all one need do is pull the trigger again.

All your points are good ones. The only quibble I have is with this. Almost all the time what you stated is correct. There are exceptions, though. Some years ago I was firing a Taurus .357 magnum revolver and the cylinder actually locked up with the hammer pulled back. Try as I could, I couldn't fire it or unlock it. I had to drive to a locksmith (with the gun's barrel facing to the right to minimize the danger of it shaking loose and firing). He fixed it and said that it was a very unusual problem.

I still have that Taurus and treasure it. I shoot it exceptionally well.

48 posted on 02/18/2014 5:23:45 AM PST by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The South is a gun culture. Southern women have always owned guns. I was shooting at age 12. I think they are just getting the CCL’s now.


49 posted on 02/18/2014 8:39:11 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: progunner

Does the name Jerry Micelek mean anything to you?


50 posted on 02/18/2014 9:57:40 AM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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