Lima News highlights the increase in female gun ownership

Taking aim at an NRA Women on Target clinic Lima News reporter Megan Kinnear explores the rise in female gun ownership in Ohio and across the United States ...

Women with guns on the rise
Gun classes and courses offered in the Lima area to women

Lima, Ohio - In the United States, the interest and use of guns for recreation or self-protection among women is growing. Gun clubs and Conceal Carry Weapon instructors are responding to the demand, and see the need for women-only events and courses.

According to a poll on gallup.com, gun ownership among women in the United States jumped from 33 percent in 2009 to 43 percent in 2011 — a 10 percent increase in just two years. In comparison, men reporting ownership on the same poll increased only one percent in the same timeframe.

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NRA Webinar covering Women on Target, Refuse to be a Victim and Wilderness Escape

Fairfax, Virginia - While NRA's programs are meant for everyone, we do have a few that specifically cater to those of female persuasion. Programs created to welcome women into the wonderful world of shooting sports. Along with said programs are awards, endowments, scholarship and matches to match. But I'm might as well be talking Klingon to most of you, right? Here's how we're going to fix that.

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Fairfax mom plays hosts to 100+ shooters at NRA Women on Target event

Pam Meara, right, poses with a fellow staffer at NRA's Fairfax Women on Target event
Pam Meara, right, poses with a fellow staffer at NRA's Fairfax Women on Target event
Fairfax, Virginia - Events like NRA’s Women on Target clinic don’t just happen. Rigorous attention to detail and top notch organizational skills are essential for anyone looking to take on the challenge. In the case of the Fairfax Women on Target event, held a mere few weeks ago, we happen to have a grizzled veteran. None other than one Pam Meara.

“Really, I wouldn’t really say I’m a veteran,” said 3-time Fairfax organizer Meara. “I couldn’t pull any of it off without all of our wonderful volunteers.”

Channelling the skills of a Field Marshal and a Orchestra Conductor, Meara has found a way to bring together an odd collection of souls to teach the basics of firearm safety and operation to first-timer shooters. Hardly an easy task.

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First time female shooters learn rifles, pistols, shotguns and more at NRA's Women on Target clinic

Teen shooter at an NRA Women on Target clinic smiles as she sits to fire a blackpowder rifle

Fairfax, Virginia - Earlier this week, we told you about the Women's on Target clinic held at the Arlington Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League. What you told us is more. Let's see the ladies out there busting clays, tuning up targets and having an all around good time. Well we're not about to disappoint.

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More than 100 take their first step in rifle, shotgun and pistol shooting

Young lady taking aim on NRA's Women on Target shotgun course

Fairfax, Virginia - Thousands of NRA events kick off every year. We're talking rifle competitions, basic pistol classes, gun range evaluations, Refuse to be a Victim seminars and more. Unfortunately, most of us here at headquarters don't get a chance to see our members and supporters enjoy the programs NRA provides. That's why we make a point of attending event close to home — like the Women on Target clinic yesterday at the Arlington Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League.

"Izaak Walton is kind enough to hold a Women on Target clinic every Mother's Day Saturday," said Diane Danielson, NRA's Women On Target Instructional Shooting Clinic Coordinator. "And every year it gets better and better."

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New York's Hudson Valley clinic serves as Women on Target role model

Family time at the Hudson Valley Women on Target event in New York Poughkeepsie, New York - As the promising warmth of Spring continue to battle the fierce and frigid Winter winds, the staff and volunteers at the NRA are in full swing. Programs from the Competitive Shooting, Law Enforcement and Education & Training Departments are either up and running or ready to launch. An ever popular example is NRA's Women on Target Program.

Officially known as Women On Target® Instructional Shooting Clinics, Women on Target is a great way for first time female shooters to learn the ins and outs of firing a gun. And for the grizzled veterans, it's a perfect opportunity to pass on a few pointers to your Second Amendment sisters.

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Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club and others welcomes first time female shooters to the range

San Diego Women on Target participant takes aim with an AR-15 at the Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club

San Diego, California - If there's ever a place you wouldn't expect to find a NRA Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinic its California (with New York coming a close second). But as the final Women on Target of 2013 comes to a close (held today at the Palmetto Gun Club in Ridgeville, South Carolina), a quick review of the record shows that California hosted more clinics in 2012 than any other state.

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From pistol to rifle to shotgun, ladies learn about hunting and self defense in Alaska

Lining up a rifle shot during a Women on Target event in Alaska.

Anchorage, Alaska- They do things different up in Alaska.

Some days are saturated with sunshine while others are nothing but night. The only thing that you can count on, besides the people, is the cold. But that doesn't mean you shut things down. You still go to work, take the kids to school, hit the grocery store and hunt. Which is why an NRA Women on Target clinic is the perfect fit for the 49th state.

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Finding out about the Programs of NRA General Operations on NRANews

Samantha Olsen leads the NRA 3-Gun charge appearing on NRANews

Alexandria, Virginia - I know what you're thinking.

The NRA is announcing a new contributor to stand along side Colion Noir, Natalie Foster, Dom Raso and Billy Johnson. Alas, no. What you're actually seeing there is Recreational Shooting Specialist Samantha Olsen getting ready to share the story of NRA's new Airsoft 3-Gun program on NRANews. And you're going to see more.

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