While 32 percent of women live in a household with a gun, only 12 percent own a gun themselves.
The numbers, however, are changing, with more women taking charge of their own protection. According to a Gallup Poll, there was a 23 percent jump in female firearms ownership between 2005 and 2011.
“It has been a male -driven industry for so long. Now, more women are open to shooting and are more interested in guns,” said Julie Peters, co -owner of Firearm Safety Group professional firearms training in Plano.
FSG holds monthly ladies nights to help women become acclimated to shooting. “A lot of our ladies nig hts don’t involve shooting,” Peters said. “It’s just to get women comfortable with the idea of a shooting range.”
The range has seen a number of women sign up for a firearms safety course because their husbands owned a gun, “if anything happened they need to know how to use it, or at the very least, know how it works,” Peters said.
FSG has slated a women’s only Spring Open House April 26, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. where women can visit our range and realize it a safe, comfortable, friendly environment. “Bring your mother, your sister, your daughter,” Peters said. “You don’t have to shoot to participate.” More than 100 women turned out for an October Open House.
Vendors including “Pampered Chef, LuLaRoe and many more will be on hand for the April event, which will include a raffle and refreshments.
A favorite event at FSG is women’s -only Speed Dating held several times throughout the year. “It’s not with men,” Peters said. “We introduce women to six different types of firearms so they can see what they’re comfortable with.”
FSG has two women instructors to assist any women who would like to try out firearms. Women-only classes range from a non-lethal (refuse-to-be-a-victim) class to a simulator class to an introductory class for women only, taught by women.
Firearm Safety Group
3029 Eldamain Road
Plano, IL 60545