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Using Firearms for Self Defense

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Recent sexual assaults and home invasions in the area have the Billings community a little bit on edge.

And now, the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Department says there's a surge of people trying to apply for a concealed carry permit. More and more women are taking matters into their own hands, preparing to defend themselves, just in case. But what is the best way to do that? At Three Sights Indoor Shooting Range in Billings, owner Nadine Fredrickson says line of sight and pressure applied to the trigger are important in aiming at your target. The way you hold a handgun is important, and practice makes perfect.

"When a person comes in and they do some training, there's something that happens, a confidence that sets in. And anytime that happens it combats some of that body alarm that happens in a life or death or critical stress situation," says Fredrickson.

Maintain a good stance, shoulder-width apart, and knees bent. Billings Police Department's Lieutenant Kevin Iffland says they are getting questions about what women should be arming themselves with.

"Choose what feels comfortable to you, what you feel comfortable carrying number one, get the proper training for whatever that is, so if it is a personal handgun that you want to carry whether it's a taser, whether its pepper spray, make sure you know how to operate that ever device you choose," says Iffland.

And while self-defense is important, being alert and self aware at all times could prevent anything from happening. The shooting range is holding a self-defense class for women the last Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. The first one takes place July 30th. It's free and there's no need to sign up.