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Kansas Wildlife and Parks Host Women's Gun Safety and Shooting Clinic

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According to the national rifle association...the gun industry is booming at nearly 30 billion dollars, and it's a number that is steadily rising. Along with the interest in guns across the country. Today in Southeast Kansas, women were given an individualized lesson on guns, with the goal to develop more women shooters.

Roberta Closs of Parsons has no problem exercising her right to bare arms.

"Do it. Try it. You gotta try it. it's really good that they want to give women the chance. I know that sounds kind of strange coming from somebody that's older, but I know personally." She says.


She's one of 35 women from across Kansas taking part in Kansas Wildlife and Parks gun safety and training clinic, specifically designed for females.
The women have the opportunity to shoot four different types of guns, including rifles, shotguns, and handguns, along with archery equipment in various scenarios.

"the ladies get a one on one, on their own time with a qualified instructor, to come out and learn." Jim Bussone of Kansas Wildlife and Parks says.

No matter what age you are and what knowledge, or experience you have with guns, the trained and specialized skill instructors are there to help.

"The two shotgun instructors we have down there...between them, over 100 years of shotgun shooting experience, and can take usually any woman who has never touched a gun, and have her break in targets within 5 feet" Bussone explains.

First time clinic attendee, Staci Rather traveled from Payola, Kansas for her first instruction, after her family and husband sparked her interest in guns.
"It's good for protection or If you want a new hobby as far as hunting or shooting it gives you something else that you can do, and if you do want to carry a gun, you know how to protect yourself." Rather says.

With the rising number of women applying for conceal carry permits across Kansas - instructors say owning a gun is becoming both a human need and a human want.

"A gun is just a tool, it's an extension of a person. And it's totally harmless until it gets in the wrong hands." Bussone says.
Both first time attendees, Roberta and Staci say they'll be back again for the clinic next year, with sharper skills and ready to hit that one shot.

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