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A surge in gun-safety classes is occurring as states relax laws regarding carrying guns.

A growing number of people — many of them women — are acquiring guns for self-protection, says Don Cates, a retired professor at the Saint Louis University School of Law who has studied the issue of gun control extensively.

Cates says increased interest from women is a significant factor. “Women used to be told that owning a gun is a man’s thing,” Cates says. “That is not the case anymore because women are being told that they should be able to defend themselves.”

The issue of gun rights has jumped back into the spotlight after two recent mass shootings — the July 20 assault on an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that killed 12 and Sunday’s attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that left seven dead, including the gunman.

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