Pistol Packin Mamas
More women are applying for concealed-carry permits.
How would you protect your family from an attack?
More Nebraskan women are taking the safety of their family into their own hands getting their concealed carry permits and regularly packing heat.
Concealed carry course instructors in the state say over the past few years they've seen a steady increase in women getting their concealed carry permit.
From young professionals that live alone to mothers protecting their families and even women in their 70s - it's a trend that's catching on.
Alex Leighty from Grand Island is a wife mother, and a concealed carrier.
"Where I live it isn't getting any easier. We're getting rougher crowds in every day especially where my personal vehicle has been broken into twice already. I really want to know that I am protected and that my little girl is protected," said Leighty.
Leighty now carries a gun on here everywhere she goes.
"Usually, it's in my center console or something just so it's close. The only time it's really off is when I'm at work or when I'm at home it's readily available," said Leighty.
It's a trend concealed carry course instructors like Clark Williams say they're seeing in Nebraska, more and more women signing up to carry a gun.
"Women just feel that their kids mean a lot to them as well as their husbands and families and even single parents they just feel threatened because of the undesirables that are coming into our communities," Williams said.
"When you become a mother that's your first priority is your children - keeping them safe," said Lexi Jensen.
Lexi Jensen and Rebecca Almquist are both mothers of two and got their concealed carry permits last weekend.
"Sometimes my husband works out of town so on the days that he's gone I wanted to make sure that I was safe and protected," said Almquist.
But is packing a gun the best option out there to protect your family?
These women say yes.
"A can of mace isn't always going to scare away a guy like a gun will," said Jensen.
Like many Nebraskans, all three of these women say their families come from hunting backgrounds and guns are already in their homes.
"I just wanted to make sure that I knew how to use them so I was protected and that I properly knew how to use them," said Almquist.
And no longer depend on others to keep themselves and their families safe.
"There's nothing worse than a mad mom and especially a mad mom with a concealed weapon," Williams said.
Nebraskans have been able to obtain concealed carry permits since 2007 by going through approved handgun training and safety courses.
The Nebraska State Patrol would not release data about how many women hold permits in the state.