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More women targeting gun ownership in Upstate

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An Upstate woman shows her handgun in its holster. (File/FOX Carolina) An Upstate woman shows her handgun in its holster. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

It's the latest in designer fashion - handbags called "Concealed Carrie" to stow handguns.

The bags, along with pink guns and a flashy line of women's holster undergarments, were on display at the 2013 National Rifle Association Convention in Texas.

The NRA hopes the accessories will get more women to carry guns, saying 27 million American women are now "armed and fabulous."  

The climbing number of women buying and using guns is something that can be seen right here in the Upstate at local gun ranges.

With rose-colored weapons, gear and a whole line of handbags it's not hard to see women are a big part of Sharp Shooters in Greenville. Even on the range, there are more and more events billed 'ladies only' as the number of women entering these doors continues to rise.

"There's a ladies personal defense course we offer, we've really targeted women in the store here, more classes for women and things like that," said employee Amanda Butler. "We seem to have a good response so far."

The range is also home to the Greenville Well Armed Women group and offers ladies range specials twice a month.

It's drawn in women like Melissa Pitlin, a new gun owner now in the process of getting her concealed weapons permit. However, Pitlin says it's not the pink that's got her attention.

"Making it pink and plastic looking? For me, with two small girls at home, it doesn't seem like the best idea," said Pitlin.

Instead, she likes the idea of being ready to protect herself and her children if she needs to.  

There is currently 5 million members in the NRA. The group hasn't said how many of its members are women but set a goal to reach 500,000 female members by 2014, which would still be less than 10 percent of their total membership.

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