Lt. Col. John York assists Dr. Jennifer Rotruck with a Colt AR-15 during the firearms portion of Air Forces Northern Safety Day. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jerry Harlan
Officials say every year, more Houston county residents are aiming to become gun owners.
"I’m a firm believer in the second amendment and I’m very much in favor of every law abiding citizen using a firearm in the defense of them or their family,"
Houston county sheriff Andy Hughes says each year, his office issues between 5,000 and 6,000 pistol permits.
Those numbers continue to rise, especially for one demographic.
"We have seen an increase in the last couple of years of females applying for pistol permits in Houston County,"
That's why James Edgington with the TriState Gun Club is setting his sights on helping women looking to become gun owners.
"I just feel that it's essential that we educate women on how to handle firearms and the reason we have firearms,"
Edgington is the instructor for the "Women on Target" program.
He says gun ownership is all about protection.
"Women shouldn't have to walk around in fear; they ought to be able to go wherever they want to and protect themselves,"
Edgington also believes Saturday’s event can benefit future generations.
"One reason why I do the event, the women are the ones who will rock the cradle. They have an immense impact on their children on how they grow up and how they looks at things,"
But Sheriff Hughes says buying a gun for protection isn't for everyone.
"One thing I always tell everybody is that if you're not certain that you can take a human life if you had to then you don’t need a firearm,"
Edgington and Sheriff Hughes encourage women to exercise their second amendment rights as long as they abide by the law and keep safety first.
Saturday's event will be held at the TriState Gun Club on County Road 437 in Level Plains, Alabama.
Sign-up for the event begins at 8 a-m.
Guns, ammunition and lunch will all be supplied.
The event is completely free.
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