“More and more women seem to be seeking their Carrying Conceal Weapon (CCW) permit, most assuredly for the primary purpose of protecting themselves and others dear to them.
“The ability to carry the firearm on the body everywhere we go throughout the day is necessary to have the capability if, heaven forbid, the need arises,” said a spokesperson. “There are many things that must be considered and some challenges that need to be solved to effectively, comfortably and safely carry a gun concealed.”
The debate around allowing concealed handguns on college campuses is ever present, according to one website.
“But whether you agree or disagree on this debate, young women represent the largest growing demographic of gun owners who are trained and licensed to carry a concealed gun,” said a spokesperson. “Young women are looking for ways to protect themselves and conceal their gun or mace on campuses and in public places.”
Laura Francis of the Greenville area and graduate of Ansonia High School, recently attended a CCW class.
“Basically, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but I never did the course until recently,” Francis said. “When all my family members did the course awhile back, I wasn’t old enough. However, it was still something I knew I wanted to do. I actually bought raffle tickets at the Annie Oakley Festival for two free CCW courses. I bought a lot of tickets because 100 percent of the proceeds went to the Annie Oakley Festival. I knew even if I didn’t win the raffle, the money was going somewhere good. I have completed my course, but I haven’t actually obtained my license to carry through the sheriff’s department. I am hoping to do that soon though because I just got a hand gun that I plan to carry when I get my license.”