The mother of an 18-year-old son, she keeps a Springfield semiautomatic in her purse and a Beretta pistol at home or in her glove box.

“I think it’s more important for women with small children to own a gun because you can’t run when you have children,” she says.

Two years ago, one in 10 of Shoot Straight’s students was a woman. Now, ladies make up about 40 per cent of its gun classes, says Larry Anderson, manager of the Shoot Straight in Apopka.

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