Number of women gun owners on the rise

More women are carrying guns.
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A growing number of women with guns are walking around downtown Indianapolis this weekend.

The National Rifle Association Convention is in town and the number of women taking part has grown in recent years. Many of those women will have their guns on them this weekend when they come through the doors at the Indiana Convention Center where the convention is being held.

"I don't want everybody to know that I have a gun on me," said Julie Webb, who showed Eyewitness News the handgun she tucked in her waist, under her shirt, when we asked if she was carrying one.

Webb, an NRA member from Marion, Ohio said she always has a gun on her.

"The only time I don't carry it is when I'm going somewhere where I'm legally not allowed to carry or at work," explained Webb who is in town with her husband for the annual NRA Convention.

Both Webb and her gun are welcome at the Indiana Convention Center this weekend.

"We suspect there's a lot of people that will come armed to the convention center," said IMPD Officer Rafael Diaz.

According to Indiana law, visitors are welcome to have a gun on them if they have a gun permit from their home state.

"When in Rome, you do as the Romans do," said NRA volunteer Ken Jamin.

Some of those following suit this weekend, when 70,000 NRA members come to the convention center, will be a growing number of women gun owners.

"More than half of the first time people buying a gun right now are women," said NRA exhibitor Roger Eckstine.

NRA exhibitors and firearms instructors said it's a sign of the times.

"They're taking more responsibility for their own safety, that's all it is," said firearms instructor Ken Jamin.

Women like Julie Webb, who always have their gun with them.

"I don't want there to be a time when I say, 'Well, gosh, I wore it yesterday. I wish I'd have worn it today'," Webb said.