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February 25, 2016 - More women buy guns, more businesses catering to them

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By Carolyn Long, KCTV 5 Anchor

LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -  Ask a woman what she has in her purse, and you’ll get a mixed bag of answers.

A growing number of women will tell you they are packing heat.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation says there’s been a 77 percent increase in female gun ownership since 2005. More women are also taking an interest in concealed carry classes.

Frontier Justice in Lee’s Summit opened last February and has a number of classes for just women.

KCTV5 News sat in on one of these classes. Front and center was Jamie Gleim of Raymore and her mother, Leesa Dawson, taking the course together. 

Gleim says she signed up for protection. Her husband is in the military and she wants to feel safe when she’s home alone with their 3- and 5-year-old daughters.

“My husband travels a lot,” says Gleim. “I’m home alone a lot with a Yorkie and she wouldn’t hurt anybody. So, I wanted to feel safe.”

She admits she was slow to warm up to the idea. She decided to take the class after her husband wanted to keep his 9mm Glock in the home. Her mother says it was more of a natural fit.

“We hunt. We fish. We ride motorcycles. So this is my bucket list as far as defense,” Dawson said.

Bren Brown, owner of Frontier Justice, says at least half of her business is women, mostly ages 18-34.  The shooting range and gun store opened one year ago with their sights on this growing demographic.

“We have kind of a jewelry store design to our cases,” says Brown. “It’s purposeful, so women feel comfortable.”

Their women only classes are continually sold out. Brown says women gravitate to those courses because they’re less intimidating.

“A lot of men have a lot of knowledge and they don’t want to feel stupid or like they can’t ask questions,” says Brown.

With more women buying guns, the gun industry is making a wide variety of firearms with that demographic in mind. Guns now come in all different colors and are lightweight with matching accessories that are more feminine.

Our Guns in the Heartland series continues at 10 p.m. Friday with an inside look at the Jackson County Prosecutor Office in search of cases of people illegally possessing firearms. 

Let us know what you think. Share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #HeartlandGuns.

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