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Women packing heat

Gun sales to women are up. In a 2011 survey, 61% of firearm retailers reported a significant increase in female customers.

Women and Guns magazine estimates that the number of women gun owners as high as 17 million. So why the trend? While some women proudly cite their second amendment rights, others say concerns over their safety or the safety of their families provide the main motivation.

There are now gun classes advertised as 'just for women' as well as 'women only' shooting clubs and leagues. America Now found one such club called "She Can Shoot," which was started by a female secret service member. The club counts thousands of members in chapters across the country.

Gun manufacturers are also targeting the female audience, designing and marketing more ‘feminine' firearms.

But whether sporting a pink semi-auto or a steel 357, women we spoke with say they think of their gun as the great equalizer.

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