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Interest in buying guns and taking gun safety courses skyrocketed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School murders.

20 children and six adults were gunned down in cold blood back in December.

Now, HEX Tactical Resources, the company that offered a discount to teachers, is helping women take gun safety courses.

On Sunday, between 12 to 14 women took the ladies only pistols class.

It covers all the basics a concealed handguns license class has and then some.

Allison Herrera says if were up to her, she wouldn't be here.

But the mother and wife says her husband made her and her daughter take this gun safety course.

"We're both very apprehensive about shooting guns today , they make us nervous, both of us cringe and didn't want to come, my husband made us come and wanted both of us to learn how to use them so we can be safe."

But after classroom and range instruction, Herrera is glad she took the class.

"I nailed them, I am proud of myself, I did a lot better than I thought I would do like I said its very empowering if I had to use a gun, I feel a lot more comfortable with it and I can use it if I needed to."

Brandon Grimes with HEX Tactical Resources says that's the point.

He says all the women in the class did well.

"With gun sales up, a lot more ladies are buying firearms and stuff like that and coming out to the range and shooting and going through a course of instruction helps them be more comfortable with their firearms."

Being comfortable around firearms is especially important to Herrera, who has several family members in law enforcement.

"My husband and sons have a lot of guns around the house and I felt it was very important for me to learn how to be comfortable around them and learn how to use them in case the opportunity ever arose."

"The last thing you want to do is have someone who is untrained on a gun. That's when people get hurt."

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