Dec 15, 2011 7:52 PM by Melissa Hawkes
More women are shopping in gun stores and not just to buy presents for their husbands this holiday season. According to a recent Gallop Poll, 43 percent of women have a gun at home. It's up 19 percent from 2010.
Director of Operations at Barney's Firearms and Indoor Shooting Range, Mark LeBlanc said, "we have teenagers. My niece shoots with me and even senior citizens well into their 80s."
Recently he's seen more and more women wanting to learn how to better protect themselves.
"LeBlanc said being able to operate a firearm for self defense is very intuitive. It's very easy for the human, mind, eye and hand to work together," LeBlanc said.
The first step is choosing the right gun.
"You have to pick a gun you like, because if you don't like the gun you won't shoot the gun and learn," LeBlanc said. "It's almost fifty/fifty to whether they choose a semi-automatic or revolver."
He said it's all about personal preference which is why it's so important for women to get properly trained before they carry a gun.