Shelley Levan inhaled calmly as she raised a 9mm Beretta semiautomatic pistol to align its front sight dead center with a paper target hanging several yards in front of her. She then slowly squeezed the trigger.The shot boomed as the bullet went true as did the others that followed in steady succession.Levan hopes never to have to use the handgun on anything but a paper target but she wants to be able to protect herself and those she loves if the need arises.

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