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Girls With Guns: Takeaways From National Shooting Sports Foundation's Report on 'Women Gun Owners'

By    |   Wednesday, 03 Jun 2015 09:11 AM

In just about any firearms article on girls and guns, you’ll likely read one fact over and over again: Women are the fastest growing group of gun owners in the United States today.

Gone are the days of the average gun owner being a Southern white man.Today, more often than not, the mom pushing a grocery cart or taking a jog in the park is packing heat as well.

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In 2014, the National Sport Shooting Foundation did a study on female gun owners between the ages of 18-65 to find out why and exactly what aspects of gun ownership women were most interested in.

Jim Curcuruto, NSSF director of Industry Research and Analysis, had this to say about the study, “The women’s market is a force in our industry, and manufacturers, retailers and shooting ranges are making changes to their products and services to satisfy women’s tastes and needs. This report will assist anyone interested in knowing more about women’s enthusiasm for and attitudes toward firearms.”

It should come as no surprise that the primary reason girls with guns purchase a firearm is for self protection both in and out of the home.

Most (73.4 percent) female firearms owners put at least a few months thought/research into their purchase. Almost 75 percent of women in the study said they had taken at least one firearms training class. Many others had taken at least three. Still others participated in ongoing training.

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The average number of firearms women in the study owned was three. Not surprisingly, the more firearms she owned, the more money she spent on accessories such as holsters, magazines, etc.

Participants say they went shooting an average of at least monthly (this may be because of the popularity of monthly women’s gun clubs such as The Well Armed Woman and A Girl and a Gun).

Target shooting was the most consistent activity girls with guns participated in, as opposed to competitive shooting or hunting. Among retailers surveyed in the study, they said they have seen an almost 75 percent increase in female customers in 2013, as opposed to 2012, reports TheGunmag.com.

The numbers of girls with guns continues to rise steadily and that’s encouraging. As the popular internet meme states in various forms, “Men and women were created equal. Guns make sure it stays that way.”

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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