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Area female gun enthusiasts sought

Gun ownership and the complex laws surrounding the use of firearms is a significant topic around the nation. The 2011 Gallup Poll reported 47 percent of American adults currently have a gun in their home and 23 percent of women personally own a firearm.

This reported gun ownership is the highest it has been in nearly two decades. With women being the largest growing segment of this the historically male-dominated demographic, industry scrambles to meet the need.

With the number of women now owning firearms at such high levels, women are eager to learn and practice with other women. For a woman new to shooting, the very male-driven industry can be intimidating.

To create woman-friendly opportunities to practice and learn, The Well Armed Woman, LLC is introducing shooting chapters all over the country with a new chapter here in Natchez and Vidalia starting soon.

The Well Armed Woman Natchez/Vidalia Shooting Chapter will give women of all experience levels the opportunity to be introduced to issues important to women shooters, learn safe gun handling skills and train together.

The Well Armed Women Natchez/Vidalia Chapter is being spearheaded by myself, Rebecca Britt, a local female gun enthusiast.

Events will be monthly and are open to all women, 21 or older. Time will be devoted to discussion and topical study, as well as time on the range learning and practicing safe gun handling skills at each monthly event.

Participants will be required to pay any applicable range fees and costs of ammunition. Annual chapter membership dues of $50 provide members local and national discounts, a chapter hat and member kit and are used to cover chapter expenses, insurance and events. First time attendees are not required to join.

The first shoot is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Concordia Parish Firing Range on Louisiana 15.

Women interested in learning more can contact me at twaw.vidaliala@gmail.com or visit The Well Armed Woman website, thewellarmedwoman.com.


Rebecca Britt is chapter leader of The Well Armed Woman.