A newly-formed chapter of the Well Armed Woman organization recently held their inaugural meeting in Lakeview.
The fledgling local chapter held their first meeting on Wednesday, March 27, at the Lakeview Eagles Lodge. The club’s primary focus is catering to women new to buying, shooting and maintaining firearms, and will provide a comfortable learning environment for those interested in doing so.
Chrystal Johnson, who is the local chapter’s coordinator, said the organization was in the planning stages for about three months.
A primary motivator for organizing a local chapter is the current political environment regarding gun control in the wake of recent tragedies, such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School incident in Connecticut, Johnson said.
In light of growing numbers of women interested in gun ownership but lacking in practical experience and knowledge, the chapter formation came to be, she said.
“Women, specifically, are kind of an underrepresented group of people in the gun world,” she said.
Johnson, who is also a member of the local Warner Mountain Gun Club, noted the local club supports the new women’s group with certified instructors as well as providing a suitable facility for training purposes.
The Warner Mountain Gun Club operates the Bullard Canyon/Norm May Shooting Range, which is leased from the Town of Lakeview.
A shooting range with certified instructors is a requirement for pursuing NRA certifications, Johnson said.
Membership fees are $25 for the co-facilitating Warner Mountain Gun Club and $25 for the Well Armed Women club. After May 1, this latter fee is expected to increase to $50, Johnson said.
Starting April 20, the club will meet on the third Saturday of each month at the shooting range, with shoots from 9 to 11 a.m. Along with range shooting and training, there will also be instructional components to the meetings, she said.
For more information, e-mail Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.