From The Daily Courier: http://www.dcourier.com/news/2016/sep/06/women-empowered-are-fastest-growing-segment-gun-ow/
By Scott Orr
September 6, 2016
PRESCOTT – Gun ownership among women is up: a Gallup poll showed that 23 percent of women surveyed reported owning a gun in 2015, up from 13 percent in 2005.
“Women are one of the fastest-growing segments of the shooting sports business. Of the retailers surveyed over the last year or so, 70 percent have seen an increase in their business from women shooters,” said Don Grier, owner of Prescott Gun Club.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group, 42 percent of women who own a gun own three of them.
And the National Rifle Foundation states that, in 2014, more than 13,000 women participated in its “Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinics,” up from 500 in 2000.
What’s behind this growth?
In a word: empowerment.
“A lot of the ladies coming to us are coming specifically for personal protection,” said Sherrie Seibert, co-owner of Insight Firearms Training Center in Prescott Valley. “They want the independence of knowing they can protect themselves, and not have to depend on anybody else to protect them.”