HOUSTON--A number of League City women gathering for breakfast could be any group of friends, but before they sit at the table there’s a shootout on the range.
It’s an event organized by A Girl and a Gun, a shooting club for women only.
Larissa Evans signed up a few months ago and her main motivation was to learn how to protect herself.
"I’m a single female, I only have my mom at home, my dogs are no help. It’s a really big help knowing I can protect myself if absolutely necessary," said Evans.
The club in League City started a year ago with 12 women. Now there are more than 100 hitting the range.
They aren’t alone. Statistics show the number of women in Texas applying for concealed weapons has gone up 266-percent over the last 10 years. The fastest growing group among them is black women, up 485-percent.
Members of the club learn gun skills—how to load, grip and fire.
"They don’t feel helpless anymore. They feel like they have an option for personal protection," said Tracy Hughes.
And for anyone who doubts their abilities, just watch their group at target practice.