LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV) - They're locked, loaded, and ladies who are ready to learn the right way to handle a firearm, in a special class designed to show east Texas women how to defend themselves and their property. It was a women's handgun safety class held at the Longview police firing range.
"You need to practice fairly often so you don't forget how to do things," says shooter Martha Eschenfelder.
Around 40 women used a range of weapons from 22-calibers to 357, in the class which focuses on safety. Some were first time shooters.
"The first time I was scared because I was told that if I fire it wrong it could hurt my hand," says Cheryl Nix of Longview.
"I had fired a Glock-40 and it was way too much gun for me," says first time student Martha Jenkins.
Others were accomplished marksmen.
"Its been a few years since I had a course like this and had an opportunity to shoot," Eschenfelder says.
Many trained for practical reasons.
"I live out in the county and its rather dark out there, had several break-ins so, I've had this gun 27 years , I've never fired it," Nix says.
In addition to the thousands of women trained in gun safety courses. A Texas gun training academy reports more than fifty thousand women in Texas alone are licensed to carry a concealed handgun.