As the debate over gun rights and regulations sways back and forth in the media and legislatures across the country, Michigan is seeing a surge in women with concealed pistol licenses.
In 2010, some 10,000 women in Michigan had the permits. Today, that number is over 25,000.
Gratiot and Muskegon counties saw increases of more than 400 percent, according to The Detroit News.
Rick Ector owns Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.
Ector says he has seen the ranks of women with CPLs swell.
"Now my classes are, if they're not at least half-women, it's majority women," says Ector.