LOCKHART, Texas — More and more women are pulling the trigger to take lessons on how to handle guns.

An instructor with Falken Firearms Training says more women have been signing up to take the gun safety classes. For one lady, it's a life lesson in knowing what to do when put behind a trigger.

"My nails aren't painted but I've got my polish," said Teresa Riley Danford.

Danford said she could talk about beauty for hours, but when it comes to weapons, she's never fired one in her life.

"I've never handled a gun ever," she said.

She took her first shot at the Ladies Only training at the Lone Star Gun Range in Lockhart, Texas.

"I got it?" she said, then let out a slight scream of excitement after taking her first shot.

"You have to take these classes for safety reasons," she explained, but she's not the only one.

"As soon as I started to teach these classes, people started to come out of the woodwork," said Alex Falken, with Falken Firearms Training.

"Most women want to learn how to shoot, and they want to learn from another woman," she said.

Falken said there has been an increase in the number of women taking gun safety classes.

"When police are minutes away, seconds count if you have the capability to save yourself," she said. "I think knowing how to use a gun is your best bet."

According to a study by Pew Research, about a quarter of women who own guns say it's strictly for personal safety compared to only eight percent in men.

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"It's important to know how to use the gun, it's safety, and if you're the right person to be carrying a gun," Falken explained.

If you are interested in taking courses, you can sign up here.