US gun-carrying women

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The first in a series of interviews giving us a window in on American women who choose to carry guns. A 2016 survey from Harvard and Northeastern Universities showed the percentage of Americans who own guns has decreased slightly but the number of women owning guns is increasing. First we meet Susan and Janet who live in Hendersonville, a small town of around 13,000 people in North Carolina. Susan, a gun instructor, runs the local chapter of 'The Well-Armed Woman'.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Kirsty Starkey.

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Role Contributor
PresenterJane Garvey
ProducerKirsty Starkey
Interviewed GuestWendy Holden
Interviewed GuestLisa Johnson
Interviewed GuestAnna Johnstone
Interviewed GuestIsrail Bryan
Interviewed GuestThordis Elva
Interviewed GuestTom Stranger
Interviewed GuestSusan Aytes
Interviewed GuestJanet Nunziato

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