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The DC Project, a nonpartisan women’s gun rights group, is preparing to meet with lawmakers in Washington from June 12 – 17, to lobby on a variety of women’s gun rights issues.
The D.C. Project – Women’s gun rights
The DC Project was started by Dianna Muller to encourage female shooters to meet with legislators in order to give politicians a direct connection to one of the fastest growing demographic of gun owners.
Women often have a different perspective on guns and face different challenges when it comes to the public’s perception of women with guns. One of the fastest growing groups of gun owners are women, and women now compete with men in competition shooting sports, commerce, self-defense, hunting, and conservation.
Regarding the group’s planned effort in D.C., Muller said, “The Second Amendment is part of the United States Constitution and does not belong to one party”. Muller added, “Female gun owners are diverse, and have individualized stories and accounts of why this Amendment is so important to them. These stories need to be shared as they are representative of many within legislators’ constituencies.”
“Female gun owners are diverse, and have individualized stories and accounts of why this Amendment is so important to them.” – Dianna Muller, Founder, The D.C. Project
50 women representatives of The D.C. Project, one for each of the 50 states, will represent the group in Washington. The DC Project said its members plan to address a wide range of issues, with a particular focus on making sure lawmakers hear the perspective of female gun owners.
Women are the fastest growing group of gun owners
Women represent the fastest growing group of gun owners. A Gallup Poll shows a 23 percent jump in female firearms owners between 2005 and 2011. 30 percent of all concealed carry and related merchandise is now manufactured specifically for women.
The number of women who own multiple guns has also dramatically increased. The National Shooting Sports Foundation report that 42 percent of women who own a firearm now own at least three separate guns.
Support from A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League
The D.C. Project is supported in its effort by A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG). With a nationwide network of firearms instructors and female gun owners, AG & AG is a strong voice for the Second Amendment. Robyn Sandoval, Executive Director of AG & AG, is one of the participants scheduled to meet with lawmakers.
Sandoval has expressed considerable enthusiasm about the project and the opportunity it presents to meet with lawmakers. “A Girl & A Gun is honored to be a part of this initiative”, she said. “It is important that our lawmakers learn our stories and have access to our resources for education on gun-related issues.”
June 16 rally at the U.S. Capitol building
The group will host a rally on the West Senate Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Friday, June 16, 2017, at 2PM. Speakers at the rally will include Dianna Muller, Nikki Goeser, Robyn Sandoval, Amanda Johnson, Dakota Overland, Holly Sullivan, and other notable women from the firearms industry.
Topics at the rally will include the rising demographic of female gun ownership; the value of the 2nd Amendment in today’s society; and the importance of the preservation of America’s gun culture, from conservation and commerce to competitive sports, hunting, and self-defense.Ready to get involved?
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