According to a study conducted by Pew Research Center, 1 in 5 American women own a firearm, and this number has been increasing exponentially since 2017.
In some parts of the country, approximately one-fourth of firearm customers are women. The predominant reasons for purchasing and carrying a gun are self-defense and home protection.
A lot of women who purchase firearms don't really see themselves carrying a gun, but they've got kids at home or their significant other is away for extended periods of time.
Once a gun is purchased, most gun owners could never see themselves NOT owning a gun and about two-thirds of firearms owners have more than one piece.
Women who own guns tend to become gun owners at a later age than men.
The Kimber Micro 380 is a popular choice among women because of its small size, which makes it easy to carry and conceal, and its low recoil. Another popular choice is the SIG P238 which has similar features and also comes in purple.
Women who own guns are less likely than their male counterparts to say they go sport shooting or hunting, though substantial shares of women do so.
Men and women who own guns are similar when it comes to how they see gun ownership.
Most Americans say society has a negative view of gun owners, but that people in their own communities look at gun owners is a positive way.