Courage. Knowledge. Power.
The #NotMeSD Movement is SDCGO's initiative to stop sexual assault and end domestic violence. The sad reality is that the prevalence of these crimes is increasing. As part of our effort to end this crisis, SDCGO is providing assistance for any woman who owns or would like to own a firearm, seeks training, and/or would like to apply for a CCW (Conceal Carry Weapons Permit).
The response to COVID-19 was to shut down the economy and stay-at-home in order to stop the spread of the infection. Suddenly, everything changed. Everyone evaluated just what "personal safety" means. In the month of April 2020, over 60,000 San Diegans went to a federally licensed firearms dealer and purchased a firearm for the first time. During the same time period, almost 2 million people across the U.S. did the same thing. People understood that their safety was important and possibly at risk. the narrative and statistics no longer mattered. The understanding that a firearm equals protection did matter.
For all new gun owners, we offer help, expertise, and resources. We want you to be successful and understand the decision you made to protect yourself and your loved ones. We are here for you.
SDCGO's area of expertise is to provide education, firearms training, and personal assistance in obtaining a California CCW (Permit to carry a firearm) if desired. Our focus is currently on women because women are more commonly the victims, and we are committed to providing resources for education and training to all who are affected by abuse and concerned with her own personal safety.
SDCGO believes the epidemic of sexual assault and domestic violence must be ended. There are many other local resource programs available, and we believe adding firearms protection to women's options is critically important. We invite people from other areas of expertise to be part of our #NotMeSD movement and together we will create empowering initiatives for women to not be victims.
According to a crime report published by the San Diego Associations of Governments:
- In 2018 in San Diego, there were at least 14,472 reports of murder, rape, aggravated assaults, violent crimes, burglaries, and robberies.
- There were 8,247 reports of domestic violence in the first half of 2019.
- In San Diego, on average, 3 women are raped each day.
How will we help?
We're glad you asked! Here's how:
We will provide access to professional training to prepare you to properly and safely handle and store your firearms. Our certified trainers are located across the county and are ready to arm you with the knowledge and skills you need, either in a one-on-one session or classroom environment. If you are unable to pay for this training, a grant may be available. Check out some of our local trainers here: https://sandiegocountygunowners.com/whatthegun
We will assist you through the process of purchasing a firearm that fits your needs and budget. We will help you find a discounted price from a reputable, licensed dealer that can process the legal paperwork. If you qualify, a grant may be available. Check out some of the best shops in San Diego here: https://sandiegocountygunowners.com/shopsranges/
To carry a firearm outside of your home, you must possess a California CCW permit issued by the San Diego Sheriff. We will be there to guide you through the process and “hands-on” training needed to obtain this permit. If it is financially prohibitive to get this permit, a grant may be available. Get information on how to apply for your CCW here: https://sandiegocountygunowners.com/ccw/