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Growing Number of Women Gun Owners
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- Some may call Stacy Clark a gun connoisseur.
Shes a certified NRA gun instructor and both her professional and personal gun collections are impressive.
"I have everything from your single action to your semi-automatics," Clark said.
She's one of many women that gun shops like Cedar Valley Outfitters are seeing more and more of.
"It's been at least the last two years or so we've seen definitely more women and more females coming in," said Kurt Robinson a clerk at the store.
A recent gallop poll shows that 15 percent of women in the U.S. own guns.
In 2007, the number of women who owned guns was just 12 percent.
Its not just hand guns but rifles and automatics that are also big sellers among women--many of whom like Roxanne Augustine say they feel more protected having a firearm of their own.
"I carry it every, single day, Augustine said. Everywhere I go."
"There are more women wanting to be able to protect themselves and not depend on calling for help and nobody being there," Clark said.
A situation women like Stacy say they never want to get into.
"The firearm is the last thing I'd want to use."
But shes ready to use it, just in case shed ever have to.