New statistics point to an uptick of gun purchases among women in the US.

The National Shooting Sports Federation reports an annual increase of over 83 per cent in the number of women purchasing guns for what they cite as self-defence.

The National Rifle Association (NRA), the controversial US gun lobby, has also seen an increase of up to 20 per cent in female attendance at shooting clinics.

Al Jazeera's Cath Turner reports.

Source: Al Jazeera