Transcript for Girls and Guns: Meet the 10-Year-Old Competitive Shooting Star
Test Text1 underline Some 10-year-old girls like to play with barbies. Others, apparently, prefer berettas. You're about to meet the poster child for the pink gun pink ammo set, as America's red hot gun industry sets its sights on a new target market. Females. Sometimes very, very young females. Here's ABC's Reena ninan. Reporter: 10-year-old Cheyenne Roberts loves pink and purple. Pink and purple gun us, ths, that is. Yes, he wie yes, she wields an ar-15 like a pro. Over 20 gun sponsors give her ammunition and semiautomatic wells to compete with nationally. What kind of gun is this? A beretta 1301. Reporter: The gun is actually bigger than you. A little bit. Reporter: And this holiday season, it seems that guns are on a lot of Santa lists. This year's black Friday shopping frenzy led to one of the highest gun sales in recorded history. With more than 175,000 background checks, according to the FBI. Nearly three times the daily average. And the newest customer profile might surprise you. Women and young girls. A trend that the industry is happily catering to with feminine touches. It makes sense, consider iing women participation in shooting sports has surged over the last decade. Indeed, this is no longer just a man's game. Or an adult's game, for that matter. For so long, people thought guns are more of a boy's thing. Not really for girls. Girls can do whatever boys can do. Reporter: Cheyenne started shooting when she was just 5 years old. Now, she's one of the shooting world's youngest rising female stars. With her own Facebook fan page and youtube channel. Her biggest fan and supporter is, of course, her father, Dan. Is that a brand new 13 and one? Yeah, yeah. Happy? Yeah. Reporter: When did you realize that she had talent? Probably when she was 6 1/2, 7 years old. When they start calling their shots and they tell you where it's going to hit, that's usually a pretty good sign they know what they're doing. Reporter: Cheyenne enjoys all the Normal skid stuff, too. But by far, her favorite pastime is this. It seems like a lot for a little girl to handle. This is my .9 millimeter. It does have a little bit of recoil, so, it does come up a little bit. Jimmy: All . Reporter: This all makes me very nervous. Is it okay that I feel a little anxious about this? A little bit. I mean, yes, it is scary when you're going into guns that are very powerful. Reporter: Yeah. You learn how to handle them right and not hurt yourself, it's not scary. Reporter: Roberts says his daughter's safety is his first priority. You teach them early that it can be a very dangerous thing. Empower them to know what to do and what not to do and you cut down these accidents trasicily. We're on our way to Georgia right now for my big match. Reporter: We followed her to the lady three-gun challenge in Georgia. The first national women's competition of its kind. 2 000 William shootomen shooters have come from around the country to participate in the event. Cheyenne is the youngest, but not the only girl there. Tom Stewart and his 12-year-old daughter Maddie drove all the way from Wisconsin. I can't go play soccer. This is one of the few that we can actually compete together and against each other. Reporter: This is one of the top women shooters in the country. Like Cheyenne, she started competing at just 8 years old. And she says that's not too young at all. I don't think you can establish an age on it. Because no child is the same maturity. Reporter: But some gun safety advocates think there should be more age restrictions. When we met up with Cheyenne the night before her final match, she showed us her bruises. Shotgun gave me a huge bruise starting here and ends here. They're not adults. They don't have the physical strength, necessarily the coordination to handle very, very powerful weapons. Reporter: Kids and guns are a bad, potentially dangerous mix. She blames the industry for the trend towards younger shooters. They're trying to market them to children. They're trying to market them to women and they're doing this for a very simple reason. Profit. Reporter: Accidents do happen, even with proper training. In 2008, an 8-year-old boy fires an uzi and it recoiled an killed him. Just four months ago, a shooting instructor in Arizona was killed when a 9-year-old girl seen here shot a fully automatic machine gun under close supervision. There is no federal law prohibiting children from ranges. Do you think, though, there should be any red lines? The Arizona situation was a tragedy, but that had nothing to do with the child. That was the instructor. He made significant safety errors. What did you think about that story? It's very devastating. I wouldn't give up my sport just because she did that. If she had the right training and if he was standing in the right position, that wouldn't have happened. Reporter: There is no minimum age for possession of a long gun, which is a rifle or shotgun. 20 states and the district of Columbia set their own laws, ranging from 14 in Montana to 21 in Illinois. In the remaining 21 states, it is legal for a child to possess a long gun. Do you think the guns were too big, too powerful for you? No. Reporter: Why do you feel so confident about that? If you lean into it, it's not going to have that much recoil. Reporter:bruised up. Yes. Reporter: How do you feel about fully automatic weapons? I would like to try one. Reporter: You would? Yes. Reporter: Cheyenne has been advocating for fewer gun restrictions. Guns don't do anything by themselves. Reporter: And has testified before the New Jersey state legislature, vocalizing her stance. I think parents say this about soccer games or football or dance competitions. It's the same thing. Reporter: But we're talking about guns. So what? Reporter: I don't think kids dying with a soccer ball -- We were at a match, there were 650 firearms present and there wasn't a paper cut. Reporter: Cheyenne didn't win the competition in the end, but she said she enjoyed being with the pros and is looking forward to her next match. Kids and guns don't always mean bad things and I'm trying to reinforce that kids can shoot if they get caught the right way. Reporter: For "Nightline," I'm Reena ninan in New Jersey.
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