Ladies Night at the gun range in FargoFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Gun ownership among women has grown over the past several years.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Gun ownership among women has grown over the past several years.
In fact, one in four women now say they own a gun and a local gun range is encouraging women to learn how to shoot.
About 23% of women in the U.S. own a firearm in 2005, that number was 13%.
Now, a local gun range is trying to get even more women to give shooting a shot.
Karla Kleespies/ First-Time Shooter: “It's very empowering.”
Karla Kleespies doesn't hunt, doesn't own a gun in fact, this is the first time she's held one.
Kleespies: "I've never shot a gun before. I've never had any education on shooting whatsoever."
Tonight, she thought she'd try something new.
A few friends talked her into coming to ladies night at the Red River Regional Marksmanship Center in West Fargo.
No men allowed except a few instructors helping some of these beginners learn.
But they aren't all beginners. Some are just trying to hone their skills for sport and for safety.
Kristina Thu/ Hoping to Hone Skills: "I want to have the knowledge of shooting a gun if I ever need it and eventually want to get my own."
That seems to be a growing mindset among many women.
An estimated 20 million now own a gun.
And now, one Friday a month at this gun range, they can learn how to use them.
Kleespies: "It's great that these women feel empowered to do something that's often thought of as a man's world."
You can visit the gun range website to find out when the next ladies' night is.