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I-Team: Increase in women gun ownership

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

When it comes to guns, pink is the new black.

"I have two guns now. It's sort of like an addiction. It's like getting a tattoo. They say once you get one you want more," said Deborah Stockford, gun owner.

She isn't alone. More and more women are shooting and buying firearms, making them the fastest growing group of gun owners.

"We've seen a great increase in the number of firearms we're selling to women as well as women getting into our training programs and just coming here to shoot," said Nicholas Solosky, with Sheridan Arms.

Many companies and gun shops are now marketing towards women with ladies only classes and products like concealed carry handbags.

"I think that women are feeling more empowered to make their own choices whether it be for the hobbies that they're in or for their own personal protection," said Aija Hall, chapter president of the Well Armed Woman.

Once a month Hall hosts a girls night at Sheridan Arms in Saginaw Township. The group's goal is to equip, empower and educate women about firearms.

"A lot of women are finding that they like shooting as a sport, but some women also want firearms for protection as well," Hall said.

Women said taking time to learn about their guns and how to be responsible gun owners is extremely important.

"My mom wants to get one and I told her not to before you go to class and learn everything about guns," said Angela Tilot, gun owner.

The group said shooting guns is empowering and gives them a sense of safety. They also said it happens to be a lot of fun.

"I just like the camaraderie and that we all boost each other up and confidence builder it really is," Tilot said.

While it's a thrilling sport for both men and women of all ages, many women said it's also about not having to rely on anyone but themselves for protection.

"You hear more and more about terrorist actions, things happening and to me, I think it's important to be prepared, to be armed, to know how to defend yourself if something like that should arise," said Lynn Shawl, gun owner.

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