Giving guns as gifts for gals is becoming a popular Christmas idea for many. A quick visit to the Bossier City Gun & Knife Show proved as much. "You would be surprised at what kinds of guns they are buying for Christmas presents. We have ladies who are buying their own AR-15s," said Richard Presutti, with Gator Gun & Knife.
"It's a Christmas present to me. Merry Christmas to me!" exclaimed Cynthia Holman, as she shopped for a gun for herself.
Gun makers are now marketing for women. "These are all concealment purses. These are the bling type purses. The blings have a compartment in the back where the gun goes in," says Jerrilyn Addison, who is selling concealment purses at the show.
"I'm into the pink!" agrees Tabbatha Lee as she perused the varieties of pink-handled handguns. Presutti says more women may be attracted to buying guns because they are specifically marketing to women. "They make them with pink hand guards. It's a whole new market."
Others plan on stuffing stockings with shocking devices. "Some give a horrendous shock, which is actually capable of taking someone down," says Keith Addison, who is selling tasers at the show. He says a lot of men will buy them for their wives and daughters. "Some will come in pink and purple, some are in neon green, I have some that look like lipsticks."
Recent tragedies, including the Sandy Hook shooting, have more women packing for protection than ever before. "With everything that is going on right now, I just feel like I need some extra protection. So I decided I'd purchase a firearm and I'll go take some lessons and get myself legally prepared to protect myself,"explains Holman.
"Having to deal with men who thought they were tougher, I don't have that problem anymore because I won't hesitate to pick something up or use my gun if you are going to hurt me or my kids," says Lee.
"You guys out there who are thinking of stealing something from them ladies, you better watch out," Presutti says.
If you are thinking of giving a gun or taser to someone for Christmas, remember owning those items bring some serious legal and ethical obligations. You should also make sure the recipient can legally own the firearm where he or she lives.
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