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The number of women getting concealed carry permits in El Paso County, Colorado has skyrocketed over the past several years.

According to KKTVo, 917 women in El Paso got permits in 2005. In 2013, that number shot up to 8,193. That’s an increase of 793 percent.

NRA instructor Germaine Adams, who is also the founder of the Rocky Mountain Tactical Ladies Shooting Club, isn’t surprised by the dramatic increase in female concealed carry permits.

“There’s been a number of women that have approached us on it because they say, ‘I’m now alone. I’m alone in my house…my son’s moved out…my husband passed away,’ whatever the reason, they’re now single women in a house. You know, they’re out in the middle of Peyton, or Falcon or somewhere else. They hear strange noise in the middle of the night. Could that be a coyote? Could that be somebody trying to break in?”

As KKTV reports, most of the women they interviewed said safety was the primary reason for obtaining a concealed carry permit.

“I was ready to get [a permit] so I could provide for my family when we’re out and about. You never know, if you’re getting gas, someone could try and carjack you. Anybody could rob you anywhere that you are. I’d rather be prepared,” said El Paso County resident Leslie Couch.

Politics is also an incentive for women to get a permit.

“You don’t know what will happen if someone passes a new law. Right now, I know what the laws are. I know what I can and can’t do. So, I’ll go ahead and get it. It may change in four years. It may change in three years. You know, whatever the legislature does,” Adams said.

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