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South Bend class aims to take the fear out of handling a gun

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The percentage of women who own a gun is at a new high.  Statistics show 43% of women are packing heat.  And a class was held in South Bend Saturday morning to make sure women know how to use those guns.

Julia Johnson is learning how to use a gun because she doesn't always feel safe at home.  "My husband works overseas and so I'm home alone sometimes and I want to feel like I can sleep at night," said Johnson.  And it's not just herself she's worried about protecting.  "I have a five year old at home," said Johnson.

But her son is also the reason she was scared to have a gun.  Johnson said, "I'm a little bit nervous about having a gun in a house with a small child…I think a lot of gun accidents happen in the home."  That fear is exactly what Police want to erase so The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 36 in South Bend held a class Saturday to teach, "how they work, how you load it, how you unload it, how you shoot it," said Sgt. Tom Cameron with the South Bend Police Department

"By that 2nd or 3rd shot they understand this is not that bad of a thing this is something I can control it's something I can do," said Cameron.

Johnson said that knowledge puts her at ease, "I feel like oh ok now I know how this works.  It's not gonna accidentally go off.  I'm not gonna accidentally hurt myself or somebody else."

The class does more than calm nerves when it comes to handling a weapon.  It also helps women figure out what type of gun they'd like to buy.  "By the time they're done here they've handled 20 to 30 different guns and have an idea of what they're really looking for," said Cameron.

Johnson learned so much that she's no longer afraid and she's ready for a gun now.  "I think it'll just boost the confidence.  I don't think I'll ever use it.  I'll probably never take it out of the gun safe but I'll know I have it there if I need it," said Johnson.

 

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