New Gun Club ‘For Women Only’

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PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- When it comes to guns, there is a new club in Ohio that teaches proper gun safety and the proper way to fire guns.

"It's a unique club," said Esther Beris, the Northeast Ohio Girl and Gun Club facilitator.

It's so unique, only women need apply.

"A man is not always going to be there," said Casie Beris, 16. "Hopefully, if anything happens in the future, we can know and defend ourselves."

This club is called A Girl and A Gun Women's Shooting League. The age of the women range from 14 to 70.

"Our oldest shooter is probably in her 70s and one of the best shots I've seen," said Esther.

Each woman comes from a different career background.

"We have attorneys, stay at home moms, we have students, college students, professors, we have nurses," said Esther.

And each one has a story on why they are now part of the club.

"I'm a caterer by trade," said Tammy Wysocki, of Madison. "I had a shop on Harvard Road in Madison and wasgoing to take the garbage out at night and whatever else, and it got a little scary."

A Girl and A Gun Club started in January in Northeast Ohio.

There are 26 chapters around the country from 12 different states, but this is the first organized women's club on a national level in Ohio.

"It's awesome, because I know how far this can go and how much experience that woman don't have with weapons or guns," said Tina Zaby, of Painesville.

In just three months, A Girl and A Gun is already achieving its goal.

"Confidence, confidence in themselves and the knowledge to know that they can do this themselves. They can be competent, responsible gun owners," said Esther.

"If someone was going to approach me or my family, I know I could defend them," said Zaby.

Nationally, the Girl and A Gun Club has over 1,200 members.

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