Ladies’ Handgun Shoot familiarizes women with fire arms

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RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA TV) - A group of women got their hands on a variety of firearms Saturday.

About 50 women came out to the Rapid City Rifle Club's ‘ladies handgun shoot’.

The goal is for women to familiarize themselves with firearms for self–defense purposes.

Women have been participating in this event since its start in 1999, and say they are defending their 2nd amendment rights.

According to Secretary of State, Shantel Krebs South Dakota had the highest number of concealed carry permits in 2016, with 30,000 permits issued.

"Generally women want to learn, especially in this era of concern with violence and tragedies," said Secretary of State, Shantel Krebs. "This is the time when women want to be prepared. You're not always going to have a guy around."

This event is held 5 times a year, new shooters typically start off with a .22 caliber and are then encouraged to work their way up to at 45.

The next shoot will be held on Sept. 23.