Both Kansas and Missouri allow the open carry of handguns, and with gun laws taking center stage in Washington, D.C., business at gun shops is booming.
SHAWNEE, KS (KCTV) -
Both Kansas and Missouri allow the open carry of handguns, and with gun laws taking center stage in Washington, DC, business at gun shops is booming.
Becky Bieker's store in Shawnee, KS, is no different. Except it's focused on female customers.
She has been handling guns since she was a little girl.
"Dad was a Marine so he'd been around guns forever. And because of that relationship, my mom was comfortable with them. So I was raised to be comfortable and not to fear them," Bieker said.
Bieker owns She's A Pistol LLC in downtown Shawnee. She admits it took a while for even her to get used to being the person behind the name.
"I am the face of the business. And it was very difficult for me to understand at first that not everybody is used to having a female gun shop owner," Bieker said.
She's A Pistol is one of only a handful of shops in the United States that cater to arming women, though often she'll refer them to a less lethal form of protection.
The shop has it all - weapons of all sizes, safety gadgets, pepper sprays and accessories. But, the most important product of all is education.
"Learning how to shoot a firearm and handle it, you have to have some confidence to handle that firearm. If you don't, it could be very dangerous," Bieker said.
Bieker offers classes to show women and men how to own a gun safely. She says often men have had some experience with guns and are set on using them a certain way.
"We see a lot of time where men have grown up around firearms, so they've learned from a very young age how to handle them, but they have a preset idea of how it's done and this is the only way, where a lot of times women weren't raised with that exposure so they come into the class open-minded, willing to learn," Bieker said.
Bieker said one change over the years is the growing commitment people have to personal protection. They are no longer counting on someone else to do the job.
"People understand now that they can't rely on someone else or something else to protect them. They have to do it themselves," she said.
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