More black women are heading to the gun range, taking concealed carry classes and arming themselves in recent years, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center.
A 2017 study from the CPRC found the number of women in North Carolina with a concealed carry permit jumped from 21 percent in 2012 to 29 percent in 2017. The findings also revealed black people got permits at a rate 30 percent faster than white people from 2012-16.
"It doesn't surprise me at all," Tia Scriven, a black woman who owns a gun, said. "Recently, there have been more crazy news and events happening in the world. It's empowering to know you can protect yourself through all that."
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