More women packing heat

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The face of gun ownership is changing. In fact, it's getting a lot prettier. More women than ever are picking up rifles, shotguns and handguns.

Some may picture Angelina Jolie as her character in "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," or in "Tomb Raider," or in, really any of her movies, but many gun experts say the average female gun owner is not necessarily a femme fatale.

There are between 15 and 20 million ladies packing heat these days and target shooting is one of the fastest-growing female sports.

Whether she uses it or not, Lauren Widner, a 26-year-old physician's assistant said carrying a gun is empowering and releases stress.

Gun expert and shooting instructor Bill Martin said ladies like Widner are in all of his classes. He said they come from all over and are mainly coming in for self-defense reasons.

Martin teaches basic shooting classes and the course needed to get a concealed weapons permit. He said demand from women has been so great since 2008, he's had to create all-female classes.

The firearm industry has also caught on, creating pink pistols and purse holsters.

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