Many people say babies and guns don't really mix, but one Iowa woman is proving that might not be the case.
She is leading a workshop that teaches parents how to carry a gun, and a baby safely.
"If you're a mother, and if you're an armed mother, they have to. You have no choice,” said gun instructor Melody Lauer.
She's an expert in two entirely different worlds.
"I was actually working at both a gun store and a parenting center at the same time,” Lauer said.
She said she realized that when people refused to talk about carrying a gun and a baby, that was going to cause some big problems.
"We have seen a huge insurgence in young mothers-- mothers of young children, wanting to get into firearms. And what's happening is we don't have instructors that are addressing their needs. So they just do it. They don't do it right and then they end up having an accident,” Lauer said.
As a firearm instructor and parenting expert, Lauer said she is going where nobody has really gone before.
She's not trying to convince parents that they should carry a gun, but encouraging them to do it safely if they choose to.
In teaching a class on how to carry a baby with a concealed weapon, parents said this is something that they have been looking for.
"When we first had Margaret, and I just had this overwhelming desire that I need to protect this child. And it's really made me take it a lot more seriously,” said Eric Tull.
Barry Snesll, of Crossroads Shooting Sports, said "To our knowledge, nobody is doing this yet. The interest was so great that she actually had to turn off or shut off the registration. Otherwise, we would have had two-three times as many people here."
Lauer said what she is doing feels right.
"That makes me feel a little bit better that we've had at least a few more people that are less likely to have accidents because I've helped them along that way,” she said.
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