“Nationwide, more and more women are getting firearms.”
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, 80 percent of gun retailers saw an increase in women between 2011 and 2012. The number of women who owned guns spiked to 23 percent in 2011, compared to 13 percent in a 2005 Gallup poll, according to Natalie Foster’s website, “The Girl’s Guide to Guns.”
“Sheriffs issued almost 97,000 new permits statewide in 2013 and more than 48,000 renewals, or about 145,000 total concealed carry permits. These numbers topped previous highs of 64,650 new permits and almost 77,000 total permits issued in 2012, according to statistics from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Ashtabula Police Lt. Joseph Cellitti teaches concealed carry weapon classes Saturdays at the Great Outdoors Store in North Kingsville, where he finds 24 percent of the average class is women. He said he believes the increase is because women are more apt to be victims of crime.”
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