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The following is a press release from the U.S. Concealed carry Association

How does your average, everyday mom go from teaching college level critical-thinking classes to teaching firearms classes? Beth Alcazar, USCCA writer, instructor, and author of the “Pacifiers & Peacemakers” column, will share her compelling story at the upcoming USCCA Concealed Carry Expo, May 8-10, 2015. This first-ever event, located at the Washington County Fair Park in West Bend, Wis., plans to bring together all aspects of the concealed-carry industry, including the fast-growing women’s segment.

“The firearms industry is no longer just a ‘boy’s club,'” Beth states. “And moms with guns are becoming the new norm, with women accounting for 37 percent of new shooting participants.”

Appropriate for the Mother’s-Day-weekend event, and in complete opposition to the anti-gun groups that degrade and demean women, Alcazar plans to share a presentation titled, “Concealed Carry for Moms: Breaking the Mold.” Accompanied by statistics, trends and real-world examples, she’ll share what spurs her passion to pursue the concealed-carry lifestyle and be a responsibly armed woman… and why other moms can – and should – follow the same course. Alcazar will also be teaching a WI Concealed Carry Permit Course at the expo FREE to mothers on Mother’s Day.

“Too many women are frightened and upset; they’ve turned away from guns because of horrific crimes and accidents,” Beth states. “But to help prevent these atrocities, and to better protect our families, moms should be encouraged to exercise their Constitutional rights to self-defense and should support safe firearms ownership. After all, as mothers, we spend a lot of time with our children. And, essentially, we are also their caretakers, disciplinarians, teachers, and first responders.”

Beth, her husband, and their three children reside in Birmingham, Ala., where Beth has given up the traditional classroom in order to lead classes that are designed to address the specific needs women have regarding safe and responsible firearms use, concealed carry, storage, and training. She would love nothing more than to see women put aside their fears and doubts and confidently pick up firearms.

“Ultimately, my story is every mom’s story,” Beth explains. “I am not a survivor. I am not a hero. I am not a victim. And I am not an expert. I am a mom. I love my family dearly. And I want other moms to know that they, too, can live safely with children… and with firearms.”

To learn more about the USCCA Concealed Carry Expo, visit

About the USCCA

The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) is the first and largest, member-owned association designed to educate, train, and insure responsibly armed Americans. USCCA members receive access to a wealth of industry information and insurance protection through its Self-Defense SHIELD program. The USCCA also provides expert advice, product information, and the latest news centered around the concealed carry lifestyle via email, social media, Concealed Carry Magazine, and their nationally syndicated radio program Armed American Radio.

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