Gun safety courses are proving very popular among women in southwest Georgia (Photo:

Women in southwest Georgia are flocking to gun safety courses.

According to, officials with the Albany Police Department said the number of participants in their gun safety classes has doubled in size, and Dougherty County probate court officials noted the increase in gun permit applications in the area. Mountrie police and Albany police have each hosted packed gun safety courses in recent weeks.

Though the exact reason for the increase in applications and course participants is unknown, some suspect it is due to recent gun law changes. Many applicants want to know the new rules.

“I think there may be a correlation with the new gun laws out but it’s really hard to say at this point. People just want to know when and where to use the weapon and how to use the weapon,” said Phyllis Banks, Albany Police Department Public Information Officer.

Police in Dougherty County say they will host additional gun safety courses in the coming weeks and months.

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