I met an amazing woman…

A few days ago, I attended the annual Purses with a Purpose fundraiser to benefit Serene Harbour a local shelter for women escaping domestic violence.  I donated a concealed carry purse and a gift certificate for their silent auction and learned that the keynote speaker Melissa Dohme-Hill, had placed a bid on my purse.  I was flattered!  Then, I was offered an opportunity to be introduced to her, and without hesitation I said, YES!  Melissa had survived a savage attack from an ex boyfriend that nearly killed her.  She has now dedicated her life to sharing her story and ending domestic violence with speaking engagements in both local and international venues.

Melissa didn’t win the purse at the auction, but the story doesn’t stop there – I invited her to my store where she could have her choice from my full selection of Concealed Carry purses.

Melissa and her husband Cameron arrived later in the day – we talked about guns and Melissa shopped the purses, she has a Smith & Wesson .38 special revolver and Cameron expressed an interest in showing Melissa semi-autos.  Melissa shared with me that learning to use a firearm was an empowering experience and it actually helped her to heal emotionally.  However, she was unable to find a semi-auto that she had the strength to rack.  She explained that she had suffered damage to her hand from the attack and was concerned that she would never be able to use a semi-auto.  With some counseling on racking technique and trying a few of our “lady friendly” firearms, Melissa found two semi-autos that she was comfortable with their fit!  My husband and I chatted with them in the store for nearly 2 hours, Melissa and Cameron are top-shelf people, Richard and I really enjoyed listening to their dreams and plans for the future.

I feel as though I was able to make a difference that day,  I was able to help an organization, “Serene Harbour” to continue their incredible work in the community helping women, and I made a new friend, a woman who I respect and admire her strength in turning her experience into fuel to go into the world and educate others.  It was an honor to meet you Melissa…   I love what I’m doing. ūüôā

48 hours Melissa Dohme

Vegas Killings

It is just over a week since the horrible attack on innocent concert goers in Las Vegas. ¬†We want someone to blame, someone to focus our outrage on, the shooter took that from us when he killed himself. ¬†So many people including myself ask… “why did he do this”. ¬†I heard someone today say it’s not his motive that’s important, it’s his intent. ¬†He entered that hotel room with his firearms with the intention of killing humans. ¬†To me it doesn’t matter why, they didn’t deserve it, no one deserved to die at the concert that evening. ¬†But he intended on making his mark that night. ¬†He was responsible for the killing of the most innocent Americans as they enjoyed an evening of music, he raised the bar – The Boston Marathon Bomber took 3 lives – and I truly believe there would have been more if there weren’t so many medical professionals participating in the race who were able to administer life saving treatment instantly, right in the streets. ¬†The Pulse Night Club Shooting 49 people lost their lives. ¬†This newest attacker killed 58 people. ¬†It hurts me to say that this won’t be the last. ¬† How can we rationalize someone’s irrational behavior. ¬†We can’t. ¬†How can we protect ourselves and loved ones from another human whose intent is to kill. ¬†We can be prepared. ¬†We can’t stop a bomb blast, bullets or a speeding car. But we CAN be prepared to assist the persons who are injured and possibly prevent the death toll from climbing. ¬†How can I be prepared, you ask? ¬†You don’t have to be a badass to save a life. ¬†Many of the people injured in the attacks I mentioned died from massive hemmorage, blood loss. ¬†If people at the scene knew what to do to stop the bleeding perhaps the killer would have been cheated out of taking just one life. ¬†That one life could be your loved one or friend. ¬†Lets educate ourselves and put more people in the population who can save a life. ¬†I’d like to see if you are interested in a great training program right here in Brevard County called “Stop the Bleed”. ¬† Learn how to properly use a tourniquet and carry one with you all the time. ¬†Keep one in your purse, your car, your desk, and know how to ¬†“Stop the Bleed”. ¬†Then most importantly, ACT. ¬†You can’t prevent the attack, but you may be able to prevent just one life lost. ¬†Get involved, take action and save a life. ¬†That’s one less life the killer can take.

I can arrange for a “Stop the Bleed” training class. ¬†If you are interested in taking it please contact me at Maria@LadiesGunStore.com.

 

 

10 Weeks In

Our Palm Bay store has been open for about 10 weeks now. ¬†Our Grand Opening was “off the charts” with attendance. ¬†Not only did we have Brevard County’s Sheriff Wayne Ivey to address our guests, but our guests filled the store and spilled out into the parking lot! ¬†SPACE COAST Daily covered the evening’s activities with a “Live” fb feed which allowed many of our followers who couldn’t make it to watch it at home. ¬† Much to my surprise, the morning following the celebration Channel 6 News Reporter James Sparvero appeared at the store and filmed an interview with me about my new store which was aired on the 6:00 News in Orlando. ¬†I’m happy to say we are off to a great start in our new location at 4270 Minton Road in Palm Bay, FL. ¬†Just behind Walgreens. ¬†I have so many new ideas that will be coming to life in the near future, and I can’t wait to share them here with you.

Stay Safe –

The Build-out is complete!

We are installing the wall fixtures and bringing in the displays.  We hope to have the floors complete this week so we can begin to hold classes at this location.  Next, we will have our final inspections.  We are very busy and soo excited to be able to have the end finally in sight.  I know so many of you are wondering when we will open this new store.  I am cautiously optimistic that we will be open mid month, I’ll keep you posted as well as sharing a photo or two so you can see the progress.  #FemmeFataleARMS

-Maria

Work has begun!

I’m really excited to say that work has begun on our new store. I’ve been assured that things will move rapidly and we should be looking like a store by the end of next week. It’ll be an empty store, because I still have to get inventory in there, but just the same it’ll be painted and pretty with our own Femme Fatale ARMS Style.

I have my Concealed Firearm License, what next?

Unless you’ve taken advanced firearms courses you probably have¬†minimal firearms training. ¬†As I’m sure you know, owning and carrying a firearm is a big responsibility and you are only at the beginning. ¬†Join a shooting group that¬†actively promotes learning something new as well as reinforcing what you already know. ¬†Take private tactical classes to improve your handling skills and ABOVE ALL, become familiar with the legal do’s and don’ts of Firearm ownership and carrying. ¬† ¬†

We all have that trusted family member or friend who keeps us informed, but I caution you, if they are not an Attorney or Law Enforcement officer you may not be receiving accurate information.  JON GUTMACHER is an attorney who lives in Brevard County.  He has dedicated his retirement to keeping Firearm owners informed of the latest and clearest interpretation of FLORIDA and FEDERAL LAWS in relation to SELF DEFENSE.  His easy to read book is a wealth of information for any GUN OWNER who wants to understand her rights and responsibilities.  

The cost of the book is a small investment compared to being arrested and charged with a MISDEMEANOR OR FELONY! ¬†Educate yourself, Mr. Gutmacher’s book “FLORIDA FIREARMS Law, Use & Ownership can be purchased at FEMME FATALE ARMS at a discounted price. ¬†Stop in and get yours today! ¬†

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Behind the scenes

Right now I’m busily pulling together all the details behind the scenes in order to get our new location established. Yesterday I met with my interior designer Maureen Gerrity, and does she have a lot of great ideas!  I’m happy she’s come on board because there’s no way I can do all of this by myself. For those of you out there who are wondering if there’s something you can do to help, there is! Maureen has a super creative idea that involves used brass bullet casings, and I’m going to need a lot of them. So if you’re able to collect your casings after you shoot I’d like to have them. You don’t have to clean them or anything just bring them to the store at the flea market in a bag.  I’ll be collecting for the next month.

Ladies shooting club has been moved from Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol Club to our new range in Sebastian at the Indian River County shooting range. We meet the last Saturday of every month at 9 a.m.  

Shoot Safe,

-Maria

Happy Easter

I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful sunny day in paradise. Richard and I took a very rare day off together and are starting it by enjoying Bagels at Einstein Brothers and then we’re off for a bike ride. Just to be clear they are bicycles not motorcycles. We’re trying to stay healthy by exercising, although motorcycles would be a whole lot more fun.  

Next week I’ll be placing orders to begin building inventory for our new store!