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OH – SELF-PROTECTION – Gun club encourages African Americans to arm themselves responsibly

Founded in 2019, the Onyx Gun Club is a local chapter of the National African American Gun Association. The organization encourages the Black community to exercise its second amendment right by promoting legal gun ownership and safety training. Michel Joyce had been interested in obtaining her concealed-carry weapon (CCW) license for some time for self-protection. But as a Black woman, she was afraid of how she might be treated by the police. “Being older, normally, they’re respectful to me,” said the 62-year-old northeast Columbus resident. “But knowing there could be a weapon, am I going to be thrown to the ground? That was my concern.”

Joyce was encouraged by her 30-year-old daughter, Jazmine, to finally take the leap in early August. The women attended “Sista Girl Let’s Shoot,” a CCW class for women, hosted by Onyx Gun Club at the AimHi shooting range in New Albany. Onyx is the only Columbus chapter of the National African American Gun Association, which encourages the Black community to exercise its Second Amendment right by promoting legal gun ownership and safety training. The mother-daughter team and seven other Black women received eight hours of instruction — including target practice — and went home with their certificates. “I wanted to be able to protect myself and my family,” Jazmine said. “I just feel empowered.” Since its inception in 2015, the National African American Gun Association has grown to more than 30,000 members and 119 chapters. Best friends Thomas Cunningham and Christine Lowe formed the Onyx Gun Club in 2019. It now has more than 90 members.  [full article]

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