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Gun sales to women up in last decade

PAINESVILLE, Ohio — In the national debate over firearms regulation, the voices of gun owners have largely been those of men. But at firing ranges across the country, a growing number of women are learning to use firearms or honing their existing skills.

Women’s participation in shooting sports has surged over the last decade, increasing 51.5 percent for target shooting from 2001 to 2011 — to more than 5 million women from 3.3 million women — and by 41.8 percent for hunting, according to the National Sporting Goods Association.

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