LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Gunfire can be loud and frightening, but in Longview it was a good noise for one group of women learning about handgun safety. Under the guidance of Longview police, over 40 East Texas women turned out to the police shooting range to learn how to use a handgun.
"I shot my first handgun in a long time," said Kary Holt of Longview. "I usually use a 410 gun."
For many it was the first time they had ever fired a weapon. But many had good reason to learn.
"I returned home from work one day and somebody had broken into my house and kicked my door in and I said if it happened again I want to know how to use a gun, if it happens while I'm there," said Armarie Smith of Marshall.
"I live alone and I just thought it would be nice if I would take this course" Holt said.
They were instructed in how firearms work and loading; important if you're going to have it ready to use one day.
"I had not shot my gun in 15 years and I needed to refresh and practice some more," said Kilgore resident Betty Alder.
The biggest benefit for most was confidence.
"Yeah, I feel more confident" says Smith.
All the women who participated in the course were awarded certificates of gun safety training by the police department.