NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - More and more women are learning how to pack the heat, and they want to learn in a safe and lawful way.
With the increase of the number of women drawn to how to shoot a gun, Meadow Ridge Archery and Gun range is helping get the license to carry in a women's only class on Sunday.
"This is just one alternative to teaching a licensed-to-carry course," said Lori Pruitt, an instructor who is part of a network of instructors at the gun range.
She decided after speaking with plenty of women, it was time to create an environment for women to learn how to lawfully carry a gun.
"It's to open up a conversation to that sets the course of thinking. Because today is the beginning of a responsibility that's 24/7. If you decide to carry a gun, it's a 24/7 thought process," Pruitt said.
Pruitt said that you're always preparing for that inevitable chance that you have to defend yourself.
For that reason, student Phyllis Bentley made the decision to sign up for the class. She lives by herself in a heavily wooded area on a single lane road, which gets very dark at night.
"It's just nice to know that I would be able to use my gun properly, to protect myself in case I needed it in any kind of situation that might come up," Bentley said.
The license-to-carry course is just the beginning of a one-third of the process. After the academic section and completing the shooting portion, students have to follow steps set up by the state to fully comply and obtain a license.
Ashley Gibson recommends the course. She said she took the course because she runs by herself and lives alone.
"I feel more confident not only with knowing what I can and can't do, but also, how to carry my gun, how to use it and how to deal with situations where it is more safe for my well-being," Gibson explained.
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