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Number Of Women Buying Handguns Increasing - cbs2chicago.com

Relatively positive article. The woman interviewed sounded pretty rational. One thing that was conspicuously missing, though, was the discussion as to whether any of the women buying handguns in Chicago could reasonably expect to get a concealed carry permit.

Number Of Women Buying Handguns Increasing
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Pamela Jones
CHICAGO (CBS) ―

Local gun shop owners say they're seeing an increase in the number of women shoppers right now. The reasons, they say, are many, including the downturn in the economy and violence on the street.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, about 48 percent of people taking their first handgun seminars this year happen to be women. CBS 2's Pamela Jones reports on the growing trend.

"It's very dangerous out there. I mean, there's people getting robbed here and there," said Josie Santiago. "It's just for protection."

Santiago says she's always thinking about the danger lurking on the streets of the Chicago area. It's a big reason why she visited Illinois Gun Works in Elmwood Park.

Not only did she shop for a new weapon, but she also wanted to find out about taking firearms training from the pros.

"It's better that you know how to use it," Santiago said. "You know, take the class, take the course, protect yourself."

And she's not alone. A National Shooting Sports Foundation survey found that the top two reasons women seek firearms training are for personal protection and target practice.

At Illinois Gun Works, the owners say they've seen a 40 percent increase recently in the numbers of women looking to take classes, and that the number of women coming in to purchase guns is rising, too.

"A lot more. We purchased this business seven years ago, and I've noticed the increase," said Debbie Mastrianni.

"It's not so much because they're scared. I think they just want to learn about it," said Don Mastrianni.

Josie Santiago says the lessons in personal security are something she wants to pass on to other women in her family, but she wants them to learn the responsibility of being behind the trigger as well.

"If it's in the wrong hands, you know, a lot of damage can be done," Santiago said.

Santiago is taking her interest in public safety a step further now. She's going for a degree in criminal justice and eventually would like to become a police officer.

Both Illinois Gun Works and the National Shooting Sports Foundation offer classes for first-timers.

For more information, click the links below.

Illinois Gun Works

National Shooting Sports Foundation: First Shots program
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I'm honestly thrilled about this. I've been talking to every female I know (co-workers, friends, and family) about getting armed with something. Even if they're against carrying a firearm, I try to at least get them to carry a pocket knife or pepper spray.
 

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I'm doing my part, once every month or so:wink:
 

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Relatively positive article. The woman interviewed sounded pretty rational. One thing that was conspicuously missing, though, was the discussion as to whether any of the women buying handguns in Chicago could reasonably expect to get a concealed carry permit.
Conceal carry permits were not discussed because conceal carry does not exist in Illinois. It is even more restrictive than NJ. At least you can apply for one in NJ, you can't even do that in Illinois!
 

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My wife, married daughter and three daughter in laws all own their own handgun or handguns, and some own their own shotguns and rifles as well, all shoot very well, and some have CHL already while the others are saving up to get theirs soon. The women of my family with training could make up a small assault squad. Attitude is right, shooting is good, need some teamwork training and they would be strong in defending their homes, families, and men folk. Don't mess with mommy or it could get very bad!!!!!
 

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some have CHL already while the others are saving up to get theirs soon.
Sounds like a great Christmas gift!

Don't mess with mommy or it could get very bad!!!!!
I know exactly what you mean... Sometimes I wonder if the BG is better off dealing with me or my g/f when it comes to my child's safety. Get my g/f mad enough or threaten our child in any way and I might actually feel bad for the BG... (a little.)
 

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I'm "for" women carrying... now having said that... I have also seen some that scare me because of their lack of knowledge in the use and safe handling of a gun. And, some that if any man approached them, I think they would pull it.... even though it was innocent as could be and they are afraid of their own shadow.
 

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This is completely great news! More armed women means fewer unarmed victims!
 

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I love to hear that anyone, but especially a women has decided to arm herself.
I have talked four of the female staff members (in a school) into getting their CCW permits during the last year. It is a Southern rural school...so probably no surprise.:congrats: There are actually nine individuals who have decided to get their permits in our high school...others already had them.
Ya' all, gotta' be 'fixin' to love rural FL...:image035:
 

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>>Relatively positive article. The woman interviewed sounded pretty rational. One thing that was conspicuously missing, though, was the discussion as to whether any of the women buying handguns in Chicago could reasonably expect to get a concealed carry permit.<<

Illinois has no concealed carry law or endorcement, probably never will.
 

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Illinois as well as Wisconsin refuse to issue any carry permit or recognize the permits of other states. At the very least, the lady citizens are taking more responsibility of firearm ownership and training for protection because inadequate, inferior and or rediculous gun laws cannot provide it.

My wife, and ex-Illinoian, recently accquired her WV carry permit and is now the proud owner of a Ruger LCP .380. When she travels back "home" however, the LCP must be put in a safe place in her vehicle so it won't jump out and harm anyone, with one exception. There seems to be a relaxation in the Illinois law that you can at least keep the weapon in the "glove box" in a car. Not sure all the criteria, but it's a baby step for the Land of Lincoln residents.
 

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This isn't news to anyone who's been paying attention in the gun shops, at gun shows, or on the range for the past couple-three years. But it is wonderful to hear - and even more wonderful to know the mainstream media is becoming willing to report such things in a positive light.

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I'm "for" women carrying... now having said that... I have also seen some that scare me because of their lack of knowledge in the use and safe handling of a gun. And, some that if any man approached them, I think they would pull it.... even though it was innocent as could be and they are afraid of their own shadow.
When a woman finally realizes that almost any man around her could kill her bare-handed, if he wanted to, then for a while she WILL be afraid. It's something we have to deal with. Everytime we go out on a date we are putting our lives in the hands of someone we barely know. It's a bit daunting.

Women need to be encouraged to get extra training, and training places need to have more women-only classes. Too many of us are wary of men-only classes, or those for LEO.

I, for one, would love to go to training classes (besides the bare minimum gun safety class). But as a fluffy middle-ager, I don't think I could keep up. Therefore I don't go. Therefore I have to deal with not being as trained as I would like.
 

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We should probably send thanks to the various media who do show gun rights or gun defense in a good light. A little pat on the back can go a long way. It's even something for a writer to show his/her editor -- "See! There are people who agree!"
 

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We should probably send thanks to the various media who do show gun rights or gun defense in a good light. A little pat on the back can go a long way. It's even something for a writer to show his/her editor -- "See! There are people who agree!"
I sent the a thank you e-mail to the author.
 

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When a woman finally realizes that almost any man around her could kill her bare-handed, if he wanted to, then for a while she WILL be afraid. It's something we have to deal with. Everytime we go out on a date we are putting our lives in the hands of someone we barely know. It's a bit daunting.

Women need to be encouraged to get extra training, and training places need to have more women-only classes. Too many of us are wary of men-only classes, or those for LEO.

I, for one, would love to go to training classes (besides the bare minimum gun safety class). But as a fluffy middle-ager, I don't think I could keep up. Therefore I don't go. Therefore I have to deal with not being as trained as I would like.
Please don't let size or gender stop you from doing anything you want to do, please.
Hey, I'll bet a lot of the guys in tactical training classes aren't Chippendale's dancers, or even close. I'm not the skinny minnie I used to be, but I refuse to let my looks or gender deter me from anything I chose to do. I haven't let either stop me before and in middle age I don't plan to start now. You can be anything you want, as long as you put stereotypes behind you and go for it.
 

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Ha! I've been to Illinois Gun Works. That's where I fired my first handgun!


Illinois has no concealed carry law or endorcement, probably never will.
I dunno what you mean by no endorsement. The Illinois Sheriffs Association passed a resolution this year voicing their support of Concealed Carry for Illinois citizens. Everyone in the southern parts of the state want it. Many in the north do as well. 91 of the 102 Illinois counties have passed Pro 2A resolutions. But Illinois is run by Cook County and the Chicago machine. Things are moving forward though. HB182 was signed into law by the governor about 2 months ago which allows people to carry concealed or openly on someone elses property where you are an invited guest and have their permission to carry.

When she travels back "home" however, the LCP must be put in a safe place in her vehicle so it won't jump out and harm anyone, with one exception. There seems to be a relaxation in the Illinois law that you can at least keep the weapon in the "glove box" in a car. Not sure all the criteria, but it's a baby step for the Land of Lincoln residents.
The glove box and center console are now legally considered a "Case" that can be used to store your unloaded firearm. You may have loaded magazines next to it but not IN the gun. As with any "Case" used to transport a firearm in Illinois it must be shut completely so that no part of the gun is exposed and not opened while driving or you are in violation of the law. So, do not store any important vehicle documents in the same place as the firearm because that would be very bad if you are ever pulled over.

I, for one, would love to go to training classes (besides the bare minimum gun safety class). But as a fluffy middle-ager, I don't think I could keep up. Therefore I don't go. Therefore I have to deal with not being as trained as I would like.
Please, do not let that stop you! There are plenty of "Fluffy" and even "DAAAAMN!" and possibly "OH HELL NO!" guys that attend tactical training courses. No one at these events will ever discourage you from participating with them! So get out there and get the training you want, its waiting for you!
 

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Women and guns

Here in Florida, when you apply for or renew your CCW permit, the form asks your "occupation" The top 2 are: Nurse and waitress.
On the ranges and at gun shows there seem to be a lot of women.
A lot more than when I lived in Western NY State.
 
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