Point and pull; that is how some gun retailers tell their inexperienced gun customers how to go about using their newly purchased handguns. And, from what they say, women are a growing demographic.
Owner of Po Boys Guns and Ammo, Ron Bass, says, "Handgun sales are probably the hottest thing going right now because of the things going around in the country, and also because of the crime that we have."
More women look into the idea of getting a handgun and retailers sell more varieties that seemingly were designed with women in mind.
"It is called the hammerless; it doesn't have a hammer on the backside of it, so it's easy to carry and that's because it doesn't get caught in a purse like regular revolvers do. We also offer a semi automatic," said Derek Kilgore with Sportsman's Outfitters. "Women come in about every five or six. Women that come in, we sell about two guns to a woman."
That brings up the question, nationally and locally, are more guns in more purses the right way for people to protect themselves and their belongings?
Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes says, "Criminals need to know that people are armed and they are tired of being victimized. You need to know how you're going to react, and my number one tip for someone is don’t buy a handgun if you are not willing to take a life. If you are not willing to take a life in defense of your own or another, then don't buy or possess a handgun."
According to Sheriff Hughes, in the past year, the sheriff office has issued 6400 gun permits. Handgun permits obtained at the sheriff’s office are valid for one year and are honored in 22 states across the United States.
They are looking into a gun training facility so that people can learn how to use those weapons.