More women own guns

NBC33's Neeha Curtis got a lesson in gun safety from concealed weapons training instructor Gordin Hutchinson.
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POSTED: Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 6:13pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 4, 2011 - 7:42am

More women are packing heat these days and taking safety into their own hands. A new Gallup survey shows that 43 percent of women reported having a firearm in the home.

“I feel a lot better having a gun in my car, and with me at all times,” Kenzie Dabbis Murello, a local woman who is licensed to carry a hand gun, explains.

Louisiana's senior concealed weapons training instructor Gordon Hutchinson says women want guns for one main thing, protection.

“Derrick Todd Lee - people were so terrified,” Hutchinson said when asked what prompted the spike in use here in our area.

“I wish had a gun back then,” Cathy Hasse, said backing up Hutchinson’s conclusion.

Local gun shops and owners at the Baker Range say in just the past year they've seen more women buying guns -- more women signing up for personal protection training courses.

“Trouble's always going to come looking for you, but now you don't be scared cause you know what to do,” Hutchinson explained.

“They walk out a lot more confident,” Jennifer Halley, a woman who has carried a gun for 20 years, said. “You don't shoot to wound, you shoot to kill.”

“It's just more comfortable coming out into a parking garage carrying a weapon,” Elaine Lamb, said.

But for some women, picking up a fire arm is a little intimidating. Hutchinson says personal protection is important, and that takes training, knowing the rules, and pulling the trigger.

“You can talk all you want about women's power,” Hutchinson said. “We'll give you women's power -- we'll give you a .38 special.”

We want to know what you think about this. Is carrying a gun how you feel safe? Do you think this is a good trend? Tell us your thoughts on the NBC33 Facebook page.

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