Posted March 8, 2018
For any woman considering the purchase of her own gun for protection or concealed carry, often the right resources can be difficult to find. In an industry dominated by “camo and ammo,” as characterized by Carrie Lightfoot, author of The Well Armed Woman, straight-forward resources to properly educate woman on products, permits, and lifestyle are few and far between.
With armed self-defense being the leading factor in gun ownership among women, the divide in providing clear resources and opportunities for women that aim to educate on gun safety, concealed carry, shooting skills, and gear has remained wide.
The internet offers videos, courses, resources, and forums where anyone new to gun ownership can begin to learn how to be a safe and responsible owner.
For many, a trip to the gun shop with a friend or relative would be all it takes to purchase a firearm. While these moments may be meaningful in the traditional sense for the educated gun owner passing along his or her knowledge to someone they care about, it provides little understanding of what a new gun owner should be looking for when they do purchase a firearm.
For instance, every person seeking to buy a gun should take the time to try out multiple firearms at a shooting range to find one that feels right, behaves well, and fits your specific needs. Search social media or ask around to find a group or organization that shoots locally. There you can learn why others became gun owners, what they were looking for, why they decided on their particular firearm, and what it’s like to conceal carry.
Understanding permits and licenses is one of the most important aspects of being a responsible gun owner. The freedom that each of us enjoys every day in being able to possess a firearm comes with the respect and understanding of our role in society. If you’re unsure where to start, contact your local Sporting Alliance for Men and Women to get a schedule of classes, certification courses, and other educational resources. The National Rifle Association provides an online database of local courses that can help you get started.
The most important step you can take in gun ownership, concealed carry or not, is to educate yourself. After all, it’s your life that you are protecting.
To learn more about becoming a gun owner, visit the knowledgeable staff at Perry’s Gun Shop at 21 E 3rd St., Wendell, North Carolina, or PerrysGunShop.com