More Texans Packing Heat
By: Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - Things have changed at the shooting range since Gaylene Stansbery first came 10 years ago.

"I was the woman out here shooting," Stansbery said. "Gradually, the years went by and actually we have a lot more women out here now. It's great. I want see more women and children out here."

In 2009 alone, the number of women earning their concealed handgun license nearly doubled.

"If you watch the news, there is a lot of other things going on," she said. "Plus, I think there's a lot more single women out there and they want to protect themselves."

With more than 30,000 women packing heat, it's less of a shock to see women like Stansbery and her business partner Kaye Mauldin helping people earn their concealed handgun license. Turns out, women aren't the only ones frequenting the range more.

Stansbery just helped a group including David Miller earn their concealed handgun licenses last week.

"I just think a person should be able to defend himself," Miller said.

In 2009, the total number of concealed handgun license applicants shot up by more than 30 percent.

In order to earn your concealed handgun license, you must spend 10 to 12 hours with an instructor who will teach you Texas handgun law, basic safety and more.

For many shooters just getting a license isn't enough.

"To train up and be on your guard is a good thing if you're going to carry a gun," Miller said. "It would be sad to shoot yourself in the foot because you don't know what you're doing."