Women Arming Themselves a Growing Trend

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Police and shooting range employees in Montgomery say an increasing number of women are taking classes to familiarize themselves with firearms.

Reports say Project manager of the Alabama Shooting Complex, Dennis Cotton, says that women have become the largest growing group of shooters taking classes at the 800-acre complex.

Gun shop owners Doug and Marsha Williamson also say they've seen a steady increase in women buying firearms in the past five to seven years.

The newspaper reports that Gallup poll data shows the number of American women buying firearms jumped from 13 to 23 percent between 2005 and 2011. The National Shooting Sports Foundation reported in August that 37 percent of new target shooters are female, although women account for 22 percent of the established target shooting population.

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