Gun sales increasing among women

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At Arizona Arms, LLC in Chandler, Mike Reber said women make about 25 percent of his sales. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) At Arizona Arms, LLC in Chandler, Mike Reber said women make about 25 percent of his sales. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
According to the National Rifle Association, 13,000 women participated in target instructional shooting courses in 2014. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) According to the National Rifle Association, 13,000 women participated in target instructional shooting courses in 2014. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Women often want a weapon for self-defense. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Women often want a weapon for self-defense. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Gun ownership across the country has been growing.  

According to the National Rifle Association, 13,000 women participated in target instructional shooting courses in 2014.  

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That might not sound like a lot but compared to just 500 in 2000, it's a major increase. 

Here in Arizona, some local shops have noticed the face of the buyer is drastically changing.  

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At Arizona Arms, LLC in Chandler, Mike Reber said women are making up a greater part of his sales which he says is about 25 percent women and he expects that to increase. 

"Women want something for self-defense that they can use when they feel threatened and it needs to be something they can react to without thinking," Reber said.

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