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LGBT Gun Group Membership Jumps After Orlando Massacre

The Pink Pistols says it wants community members to take up arms in self defense

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    In this April 30, 2016 photograph, a spent round is ejected from a participant's automatic handgun during the live fire portion of a enhanced concealed carry class. LGBT gun group, The Pink Pistols, is urging members of the community to exercise their Second Amendment rights and obtain concealed carry permits.

    A national gun club for gays and lesbians wants the community to take up arms in self defense following the deadly massacre at an Orlando gay club in which 49 people were killed, NBC News reports. 

    The Pink Pistols spokesperson Gwendolyn Patton, said the group’s membership went from about 1,500 members to about 4,500 in the week after the attack. New chapters are also popping up across the country. 

    "We've had the greatest response in three areas, our Facebook page, which has tripled in size, our chapters, we have so many requests for information on starting new chapters I've lost count, and the sheer number of people offering services such as training to our members," Patton said. 

    The group was founded in 2000 and urges LGBT people to exercise their Second Amendment rights. It describes itself as "an international LGBT self-defense organization" that advocates for gay people to obtain concealed carry permits.