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AZ – TRAINING – Women gun ownership spikes amid COVID-19, protests

Since March, many industries have come to a stuttering halt or had to adjust their operations quickly to remain afloat amid COVID-19. However, the weapons industry, particularly gun ownership among both women and men, has seen a huge spike amid the pandemic and nationwide protests. An estimated 46.3 percent of adults own guns in Arizona in 2020. Women gun ownership accounts for more than 20 percent of gun owners nationwide. In 2019, about 5.8 million background checks were done for overall gun purchases and is up 69 percent—to 9.8 million in 2020 so far. C2 Tactical in Tempe offers its Women of Steel shooting club, which provides firearm education, safety, and training for women in small classes. The Women of Steel club has courses that cover an introduction to handguns that include types of handguns and ammunition, handling, safe loading and unloading procedures, and live-fire exercises; fundamental shooting skills and a defensive course that focuses on shooter movement, target engagement, transitional shooting, and pressure drills and skills. Vince Vasquez, C2 Tactical Managing Partner, said C2 began offering women’s classes years ago as a way to help the average person learn about firearm safety. “Women of Steel is technically called a women’s firearm shooting club, but inside Women of Steel, we like to call it a self-defense club because we talk about more than just firearms” said Heather Glaser, C2 Tactical Women of Steel instructor. C2 Tactical in Tempe offers its Women of Steel shooting club, which provides firearm education, safety, and training for women in small classes. “We do classes from the beginning stages of learning about firearms to how to use certain tools to defend yourself like Tasers. We also get into classes on situational awareness, pistols, firearms, rifle and shotgun. So we expand on a lot of different stuff to help give the ladies a well-rounded experience of different options that are out there.” Glaser started getting into shooting about 10 years ago before she came to C2 Tactical to take classes and became a certified instructor at C2. “I had a conversation with the woman who was managing the Women of Steel program at the time and she was looking for volunteers to help out with the program,” Glaser said. “The Women of Steel program is what pulled me completely into the firearm industry because I started seeing all these women grow and change and become empowered. I did a lot of range safety training, took more classes and worked with our director of training to become an instructor and started running the program about three years ago.”  [full article]

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