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SHOT show brings out women

Posted at 6:27 PM, Jan 22, 2016

The Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show brought out nearly 64,000 people to the Sands Expo in just four days. 

But this year's show was more than just about the guns; but about women. 

"This whole show is becoming female friendly and it's really exciting," said Brittany Boddington, a hunter and TV Host on the Sportsman Channel. 

According to a 2014 report from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the number of women who have purchased firearms has nearly doubled since 2005. 

"At home, I feel safe and I feel comfortable with actually being able to use it," said Tami Tripolli, who purchased her first gun this week. 

According to Nye County Sheriff's Sgt. Alan Schrimph, buying a gun could actually make a difference when waiting for emergency response. 

"If I'm further away, I can only get there so fast. You yourself can't tell the bad guy to stop and we're seeing that more and more with women," Sgt. Schrimph said. 

Protection isn't the only reason women are cashing in on guns. Many women are now shooting as a sport. 

"We are now the number one demographic buying hunting licenses," said Jana Waller from Skull Bound TV. 

Despite the reason behind buying a gun, dealers and gun enthusiasts suggest women first educate themselves before purchasing a firearm.