Shelley Calton
  • <p> <a href="http://www.shelleycalton.com/" target="_blank">Shelley Calton's</a> book &quot;Concealed&quot; is a collection of portraits of Texas women have chosen to own handguns for protection. The majority of them have obtained a license to carry a handgun in public.</p> <p> &quot;I only carry a gun in my purse,&rdquo; said Brianna.&ldquo;It gives me a heightened awareness of my surroundings.&quot;</p>
    Shelley Calton
  • <p> &quot;The initial reason that I got my CHL (concealed handgun license) was because of all the road trips back and forth from school to Texas with my guns,&rdquo; said Amy. &ldquo;Being from Texas, everyone assumes that we are gun-wielding crazy rednecks, and this allows me the opportunity to show people that while, yes, most of us have guns, we are responsible about it.&quot;</p>
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  • &quot;I own a home building company with my husband. I'm a real estate agent and a mom. I got my concealed handgun license ten years ago,&rdquo; said Nicole. &ldquo;I was a college student traveling back and forth between Houston and Ft Worth. I keep my 9mm Glock in my purse or car for protection. Thankfully, I've never had to use it, but if I had to, I am prepared to do so.&quot;
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  • &quot;I have my own business and I often have to travel on the road with my three children,&rdquo; said Jeniffer. &ldquo;Women are easy targets, and I don't want to find myself in this position. I want to be able to protect my family and myself.&quot;
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  • <p> &quot;We always had handguns in the house when I was growing up,&rdquo; said Sandy. &ldquo;My parents taught me how to shoot when I was 10 years old. ...In high school I was in the ROTC and I shot competitively ... When I moved out on my own, I bought a .38 Special to keep by my bed. Forty years later I still have that gun, along with six other guns, a shotgun, and a rifle ...On the weekends I'm always packing a .38 derringer or a .380 colt.&rdquo;</p>
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  • &quot;I live on an 800-plus-acre ranch in South Central Texas and I'm often by myself,&rdquo; said Mary Lou. &ldquo;I've had several incidents on my property that have led me to carry my .38 Colt with me at all times ... I've had encounters on the ranch with mountain lions, feral hogs and wild dogs ...Vagrants often cross our property, and there was a manhunt for the serial killer dubbed the 'Railroad Killer' in our area.&quot;
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  • &quot;A family member is mentally ill and has become violent and threatening with me,&rdquo; said Vianne. &ldquo;I have a Glock 19 and several other guns ... I think everyone should own a handgun for protection ... I would never pull my gun unless I was planning on using it.&quot;
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  • &quot;At a young age we would use the colored Easter eggs that we had decorated for target practice,&rdquo; said Megan. &ldquo;I have three handguns, a shotgun and a rifle that I claim as mine.&quot;
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  • &quot;My gun serves as my own personal militia of self-protection,&rdquo; said Casey. &ldquo;Sleeping with my Glock under my mattress has afforded me more security than any door lock, alarm system or boyfriend.
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  • I&rsquo;ve recently retired from teaching and coaching,&rdquo; said Alana.&nbsp;&ldquo;The main reason that I got my concealed handgun license was as a teacher I had the summers off. I traveled by myself cross country on vacations and wanted that sense of security &hellip; I enjoy target practice and own several handguns, which I&rsquo;ve learned to conceal in a variety of ways &hellip; I prefer to teach physical techniques to my students, because any weapon that you carry can be taken fro you and used against you.&rdquo;
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