OK women's interest in legally packing heat

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Updated: 1/11/2012 10:08 am Published: 1/09/2012 9:36 pm

A young Oklahoma mother made national headlines after she asked a 911 dispatcher for permission to shoot an intruder.

Blanchard woman, Sarah McKinley, 18, shot and killed the intruder when he entered her home on New Year’s Eve.

Since then
Tulsa gun instructors say their phones have been ringing off the hook with women wanting to pack heat.

More than a dozen women signed up for a women’s only concealed carry class with CLEET certified instructors Don Roberts and Sherry Strong.

Before the Blanchard incident they scheduled one class in January but now they have to schedule another one.

McKinley remained calm while on the phone with the dispatcher.

McKinley: "I've got two guns in my hand is it ok to shoot him if he comes in this door?" 

Dispatcher: "I can't tell you that you can do that, but you do what you have to do to protect your baby."

Police say McKinley was justified when she pulled the trigger and killed Justin Martin, 24, who kicked his way into her mobile home.

State law says you don’t need a concealed carry permit if you fear your life is in danger in your home.

However, the gun slinging mother is empowering more women to pack heat anywhere.

"You want to be legal if you are going to carry a gun,” says
Tulsa mother Brandie Yuen.

Concealed carry instructors Don Roberts and Sherry Strong say they usually scheduled three women’s only class a year.

However, after McKinley’s Make My Day incident they are getting flooded with inquiries from women.

"Just an avalanche of e-mails,” says Roberts.

They want women to know there’s more to it than just purchasing a gun.

"With every bullet there is a lawyer attached to that bullet. You're life will never be the same,” says Strong. “I’ve talked to women who have had guns at home and say ‘my grandfather died and left me a gun’ and I say if you’re not planning to learn how to use or get a concealed carry than I say give it away and sell it.”

Roberts has been an instructor since the mid 1990s and doesn’t promote violence but resistance and the mindset on handling a firearm.

"The law is as important as your gun,” says Roberts. "We want to survive the aftermath of the crime as well as the crime itself and to be able to survive that is how we conduct ourselves during the crime,” says Roberts.

Many gun instructors say any gun owner has to know the answer to the question before owning a gun: Are you willing to take someone’s life?

"I will be their worst nightmare. I have already got the attitude if they come through to do harm and I will be their worst nightmare,” says Strong.

Roberts is offering another women’s only concealed carry class on February 26th.

It’s an eight hour class.

The class is geared so women will feel more comfortable with a weapon and not intimidated to pick up a firearm.

"Women don't feel threatened in an all women's class. They can ask any question they want and not feel stupid. We encourage them to ask questions because there is no stupid question, that's how they learn,” says Strong.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations reports the average woman issued a concealed carry permit is age 50.

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just a mom - 1/11/2012 2:10 PM
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Scooby Doo, "Make my day" is the name of the Law that is protecting her right to have done what she did. it is called the "Make My Day Law".

Scooby Doo - 1/11/2012 9:25 AM
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"Make My Day incident" is not how I would classify her situation and find the term inappropriate. This was a young mother in fear for her life and her child's life, not some hyped-up Hollywood movie.

Noman - 1/11/2012 7:09 AM
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Hoorah for the ladies. Listen closely to what the instructors say and train, train, train. Get with friends to practice but above all thank you for doing something before you become an "after the fact" police report or news story.

cwcjames - 1/10/2012 10:09 PM
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I am glad to see that someone else gives women only classes. My concealed weapon instructor partner and I give women only classes also. Our next class is February 11, 2012 on Saturday. Hey guys buy your wife or girlfriend a gun for Valentine's day and sign her up for our class. Call or write James Timmons 918 605 9910 or jrtimmons@sbcglobalnet. Thank you and be safe!!
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