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NRA Recruiting More Female Firearm Instructors

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The group wants to increase the amount of NRA certified female instructors nationwide. The group wants to increase the amount of NRA certified female instructors nationwide.
GREENVILLE, S.C. - If you're a woman and you're licensed to shoot, the National Rifle Association wants you! The group wants to increase the amount of NRA certified female instructors nationwide.

Ariel Lewis grew up knowing how to shoot. Her parents were military and her grandfather was a hunter.

“It's just kind of a thing where you want to be one of the boys. You want to be able to do what they can do,” she said.

Now, Lewis is an NRA certified firearms instructor. She’s one of two at Sharpshooters indoor gun range in Greenville. She's noticed the rise in women wanting to learn, often wanting a fellow female instructor.

“Men come in and kind of want to take charge and bark orders, so you need a woman to kind of slow it down and approach it at a different level,” she explained.

It's a trend not going unnoticed by the firearms industry with pink and pastel guns infiltrating the market. Now, the NRA is responding. They say they're trying to boost the current 8,000 females teaching across the nation.

Qualifications start with a concealed weapons permit. From there, a training course is offered through the NRA by women and for women. You can sign up through the NRA's website.         

I think a lot of women are taking that leap like "I’m going to be able to defend myself," said Shea Kim.

Kim is one of the 8000. The retired veteran owns and operates Greenville’s Definite Defense. Each day she teaches women how to safely handle and operate a firearm.

“That's why I got in the business, to make women feel comfortable and feel like they can do this,” said Kim.  

Though both Lewis and Kim are also teaching men, they recognize the value of women wanting a more personal experience when learning to shoot.

“The dynamics between men and women...there's a vast difference there. Sometimes you have to take that into consideration when you are teaching women,” explained Kim.

The NRA is boosting its numbers by holding "Women on Target" training clinics nationwide. The group held 450 clinics for 12,000 women in 2013. Right now in South Carolina there are 65 female certified concealed weapon permit instructors.

To learn how you can become an instructor, start HERE.

Addie Hampton
Addie is a general assignment reporter covering Greenville, Pickens and Laurens Counties.
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