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Michigan event seeks to give 1,500 women free firearms training

The organizer said more than 800 women took part in the training last year.
From left, Kimberly Johnson, GJervonna Williams, and Rachel Taylor, all of Detroit, show their practice targets to each other during the 6th annual free target shooting event for women put on by Legally Armed in Detroit or L.A.I.D.

TAYLOR, Mich. — Free gun lessons are being offered in the Detroit area to 1,500 women interested in learning about firearms and personal protection.

Gun advocacy group Legally Armed in Detroit has scheduled its annual firearms training event on Aug. 15-16.

Sessions include a firearms safety briefing, use of a firearm, ammunition and gun range time. Registration begins Saturday.

No previous firearms training or experience is required. The Aug. 15 session will be held at Recoil Range. The Aug. 16 session is at Top Gun Range. Both ranges are in Taylor, southwest of Detroit.

Firearms trainer Rick Ector says 50 women received training during the first free event nine years ago. More than 800 women took part last year. 

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