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What surprises me most about this article is what is left unsaid. At least until the US Supreme Court rules on McDonald v. City of Chicago, new handgun ownership within Chicago city limits and some suburbs is still illegal. And this in a state with some of the nation's most restrictive gun ownership laws. Could this be civil disobedience we are witnessing here?

CBS Chicago
Oct 27, 2009

Number Of Women Buying Handguns Increasing

CHICAGO (CBS) ― Local gun shop owners say they're seeing an increase in the number of women shoppers right now. The reasons, they say, are many, including the downturn in the economy and violence on the street.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, about 48 percent of people taking their first handgun seminars this year happen to be women. CBS 2's Pamela Jones reports on the growing trend.

"It's very dangerous out there. I mean, there's people getting robbed here and there," said Josie Santiago. "It's just for protection."

Santiago says she's always thinking about the danger lurking on the streets of the Chicago area. It's a big reason why she visited Illinois Gun Works in Elmwood Park.

Not only did she shop for a new weapon, but she also wanted to find out about taking firearms training from the pros.

"It's better that you know how to use it," Santiago said. "You know, take the class, take the course, protect yourself."

And she's not alone. A National Shooting Sports Foundation survey found that the top two reasons women seek firearms training are for personal protection and target practice.

At Illinois Gun Works, the owners say they've seen a 40 percent increase recently in the numbers of women looking to take classes, and that the number of women coming in to purchase guns is rising, too.

"A lot more. We purchased this business seven years ago, and I've noticed the increase," said Debbie Mastrianni.
Read the full story here: http://cbs2chicago.com/local/women.handguns.increasing.2.1274866.html
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