Marking their third year of promoting gun rights, the non-partisan initiative “the DC Project” recently completed its annual trip to the Capitol, to meet with legislators, share their stories and encourage safeguarding their Second Amendment Rights. Comprised of 50 women (one from each state) along with women in 11 teams, their aim is to dispel common myths about gun rights, and to garner more support for their advocacy. Spearheading the project is Dianna Muller, a retired law enforcement officer and professional 3-gun competitor. Muller’s credentials include representing the USA in the IPSC World Shotgun match, where she successfully brought home an individual silver and a team gold medal. Back in 2016 at the first DC Project, Muller met with her state’s representative and encouraged women to do the same; since then, she has asked more members of the female shooting community to participate.
Accompanying Muller is Robyn Sandoval, Executive Director of A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League. Sandoval has joined Muller on all three DC trips to spread the word about gun rights, and had this to say: “When women and students make demands against our freedoms, it is important that our legislators know that those protestors do not speak for everyone,” says Sandoval. “We have more women than ever before wanting to exercise their Second Amendment rights to protect themselves and their families. We have youth who are dedicated to their marksmanship sports. Our lawmakers need to know our stories.”
The DC Project is purely a citizen’s effort, with each delegate funding their own trips. Activities during the trip included meetings with Senate and House members and staff, networking events and a pro-gun rights rally right on the grounds of the US Capitol. Participants at the rally included advocate Dick Heller, whose landmark victory of overturning of DC laws against firearm ownership will soon be a decade old, 16-year-old 3-Gun Competitor Beth Walker of Indiana, 15-year-old pro-gun walkout organizer Chloe Deaton of Florida, and Virginia House Delegate Nick Freitas. The group’s visit also entailed two range days with staff and members of Congress to allow them to meet with DC Project instructors, get to know the shooting community, and know more about firearms.
Getting to know A Girl & A Gun
A Girl & A Gun is a community of female shooters who have helped make it possible for women and girls to learn how to use firearms for self-defense, and to gain entry into the world of pistol, rifle and shotgun shooting sports. AG & AG also organizes events to foster their community’s love of shooting with qualified instructors, and provides women with a venue where they can learn the basics of safe and accurate shooting, while also providing more experienced female shooters access to advanced-level skills training and competitions. To date, the group boasts of a membership numbering 5,500 in 48 states, which host “Girl’s Nights Out” shooting events at over 160 ranges in America.