- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A new gun club in the Omaha area is focusing on an atypical group of people: women.

The Well Armed Woman was started in Arizona as a shooting business and organization for females several years ago, The Daily Nonpareil (https://bit.ly/1WWYAFv ) reported. It now boasts 280 clubs and 40,000 members across the U.S.

Papillion resident Patricia Harrold worked to open a chapter in the Omaha metro area. She said an informational meeting in April drew about 80 prospective members.

The club serves as a resource providing products and information for women interested in the firearms industry, which is typically male-dominated.

Harrold said she was drawn to the club because she wanted to learn how to defend herself after her husband’s death in 2012.

But some members are more interesting in learning shooting as a sport.

“I’m more interested in going to the range, getting involved in the sport of shooting,” said Amy Kline Mosher, a Council Bluffs resident. “I’ve gone shooting with my boyfriend, but as a newcomer to the sport of shooting, I think I would be less intimidated going with other women until I become more proficient. The camaraderie of shooting with other women will be helpful.”

Harrold, who is also a Nebraska Firearms Owners Association board member, said the club will introduce women to gun safety and shooting skills while improving their confidence and marksmanship.

“I worked with one lady who was 73 years old, and she had never fired a firearm before,” Harrold said. “I spent several hours with her, working her through the basics because she just couldn’t get it from her husband. She felt uncomfortable and a bit intimidated. The approach I take obviously caters to women and what they need.”

The club currently includes members from Omaha, Fremont, Blair, Papillion, Plattsmouth, Council Buffs and Glenwood, Iowa.


Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, https://www.nonpareilonline.com

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