- AWARE is an educational organization, not a political one.
- AWARE will offer information and education about a wide range of self-protection options, not just guns.
- AWARE will never sell or share information about anyone who contacts us with any other organization.
Eventually, Nancy decided to move out of Massachusetts. Our dedicated group of board members carries on her vision, with special expertise in combating stalking, and deep experience in training women to use guns to protect themselves and their families.
Courses were developed and offered which ranged from the standard NRA Basic Pistol and Home Firearms Safety, to Pepper Spray, Persuader, Basic Shotgun, Defensive Shotgun, Weapon Retention and Disarming, the Responsible Use of Lethal Force, Defensive Handguns, and a general Assault Prevention presentation.
AWARE has written several amicus briefs for legal cases involving situations about firearms. A few years ago a Massachusetts woman, Jaime Caetano, was arrested for having a stun gun in her purse that she was using to protect herself from her ex. Stun gun and Tasers were illegal in MA. Her case went all the way to the US Supreme Court, and AWARE participated by providing an amicus brief. In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that ““the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding.” Stun guns and Tasers should now be legal everywhere, thanks in part to AWARE’s efforts.
In early 2000’s, a decision was made to stop teaching courses and concentrate instead on providing the best information we could on our website.