More women are packing heat in the St. Louis area after a consistent increase in crimes across the area.
Gun safety instructors said they are also seeing more couples signing up to learn how to shoot.
"They thought this could never happen to me now they think this could happen to me. Some ladies came in and told me I never thought I'd be doing this but I'm here," said Larry Bruns, firearms training director at STL Sharpshooters in St. Louis City.
Bruns said only 10 percent of his conceal carry classes used to be women a few years ago. Now they make up 50 percent. Young women like Christian Johnson and LeAnn Buchheit said they want to be prepared.
"You feel more confident, I know I could do some damage if someone hurt me," said Johnson.
"It's so easy to just carry around a gun but it's so important to have a license to carry. I think you should to get qualified and not just carry around guns," said Buchheit.