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NRA Women is designed for female gun enthusiasts. It's a resource for news, education, events and more. And we're telling more stories of empowered women like you. Come explore, connect, celebrate and unite with the women of NRA.

Kristin Gowin


Asheville, NC

Who or what got you into shooting?

Do you shoot handguns, shotguns, rifles or all of the above?
Handguns, Shotgun

NRA member since:

Why are you involved with the NRA or how do you support their efforts?
Women's Leadership Forum

Tell us about the first gun you owned or your favorite gun.
FNS-9 first gun and handgun. Got me hooked!

What's your current go-to gun?

What's your favorite shooting range or place to hunt?
AVL rifle and pistol club

Do you have a favorite accessory or clothing item you won't go shooting or hunting without? What makes it so important?
Noise canceling earmuffs

I own a gun because:
Personal protection. Another MD was killed in AVL by a deranged family member of a patient several years ago.

Your ideal shopping trip: the mall or an outdoor outfitter?
Outdoor Outfitter

What do you think is the best home defense — firing or fleeing?