Women and senior citizens are making up an ever-increasing portion of concealed carry courses in Chicago.
According to the Chicago Tribune, instructor Brian Kossof said that when concealed carry courses first started in Chicago, “men dominated the classes,” which is what he expected. Now, he said, more women are coming “with a female friend or [accompanying] their boyfriends or husbands.” Also, seniors are attending “on their own or with a family member (typically a son or a daughter).”
Kossof stated that over time, he began to see women and seniors occupy a growing portion of these classes, and “a majority of the women and seniors in [his] classes have never held a firearm before.”
Currently, twelve percent of concealed carry applicants in Illinois are women, and there is an anticipation that the number will increase. Nationwide, the percentage of women who own guns has gone from 12 percent (2005) to 36 percent (2012).
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