A Connecticut-based gun manufacturer is offering free gun training to the Orlando LGBT community in light of the June 12 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub.
This August, Standard Manufacturing provided a grant to the newly-formed Central Florida chapter of Pink Pistols, a nationwide group dedicated to teaching LGBT individuals how to arm themselves.
“We are dedicated to the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the sexual-minority community,” reads a statement on the Pink Pistols’ national website.
“We no longer believe it is the right of those who hate and fear gay, lesbian, bi, trans, or polyamorous persons to use us as targets for their rage. Self-defense is our RIGHT.”
The statement concludes: “Armed gays don’t get bashed.”
The group boasts over 40 local chapters across the United States, with three located in Florida. The Central Florida chapter, which is based in Orlando, was founded just weeks after the horrific attack at Pulse.
Soon after the group was established, Standard Manufacturing reached out to its founder, NRA certified instructor Jo Martin, to ask if it could help cover the costs of the group’s concealed carry training courses.
The courses, which typically cost over $100, are now being offered free of charge to any and all interested members of the local LGBT community.
“We are lucky to have this program,” remarked Martin. “The knowledge is not going to be harmful to you.”
Martin added that there is no “end date” to the training offer and that she, and the rest of the Pink Pistols coalition, “will [continue to] hold classes for who ever is interested.”
h/t: Bearing Arms