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By Michelle Durham

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There is a national women’s shooting league with a new local branch in Montgomery County. The founder of the fledgling “Girls With Guns” chapter hopes to get together with other women often at a local gun range to share their mutual interest in firearms before adjourning to a local restaurant to socialize.

Adrienne Nicotera is a Montgomery county mom who became interested in shooting after her husband suggested she learn how to fire a gun for personal protection reasons — so she enrolled in a gun safety course in January.

“I was really nervous to pick up the gun,” Nicotera says. “But once I picked up that gun I haven’t put it down since.”

Now she is a certified instructor and as the Facilitator of this new “Girls with Guns” chapter women are contacting her left and right to join.

“During the week…we call it ‘a girls night out.’ We’d go shooting for about two hours and then go out to dinner,” says Nicotera. “My goal is to have some educational clinics along the way and possibly some competition.”

Tom Clayton, manager of Clayton’s Hunting and Fishing in Horsham, says he’s seen a growing female interest in firearms.

“Single woman, a lot of husbands and wives that never had guns and neither of them have a background in them.” Clayton says. “They come in and they take a lesson together, and then we go into the range and teach them how to shoot.”

He says even a group of pistol-packing grandmothers meet there on Saturdays to learn how to shoot.

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