In the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, many LGBT folks are beginning to consider armed self-defense.
Operation Blazing Sword, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is compiling a master list of gun owners who will be willing to take anyone, but especially LGBT people, to the shooting range and teach them the basics of firearm (typically a pistol) operations and safety.
Guns will be provided free of charge, as will range fees. Some will request money to help defray the cost of ammunition, but most will not.
A note on etiquette to first-time shooters: it is considered good manners to offer some money to help replace the ammunition you have shot. Some owners will say yes, others will say no; all will appreciate the offer.
You can find Operation Blazing Sword on FaceBook by clicking here.
Their official Mission Statement:
“To promote the safe and effective use of firearms as one of many self defense options, for the LGBTQ community at large.”