The number of concealed carry license applications surged among Kansas women last year.
FactFinder 12 Investigators requested the numbers from the Kansas Attorney General’s office.
Last year 6,547 women applied for their license. That is up significantly from the year prior when 2,493 applied.
“It's not a man's world anymore,” says Bullseye Shooting Range instructor Kristi Clothier.
Clothier was working with one of her students, Stephanie, who decided to get her license last year.
“I learned later in life. I decided this was something that I could do with my mom and we could do together. We started shooting together,” says Stephanie whose 62 year old mother also took the class.
Clothier says women approach the process differently.
“Women initially come in and they're a little intimidated. They feel like they're stepping into a man's world and it's not anymore.”
She says women usually seek more instruction than men.
“They want more education. They don't feel like their genetically coded. They make better listeners and are more open minded,” says Clothier.
She says women’s classes are full.
“I've seen more women come through in the last year than I’ve ever seen.”
Stephanie says she had to get past her fears, but has no regrets.
“I think it's great. I think it's great women are empowering themselves and taking steps necessary to protect themselves and their families.”