A 10-year-old girl from New Jersey who is competing in a national shooting competition against 200 of the top women shooters in the country later this month says she wants to be “an inspiration” to her peers.
Shyanne Roberts, a 10-year-old girl from Franklinville, New Jersey, will be competing in Brownell’s Lady 3-Gun Pro-Am Challenge. The competition, in which contestants will demonstrate firearms proficiency with a rifle, pistol, and shotgun, takes place October 31-November 1.
Last year, Roberts defeated an adult to gain the right to participate in the adult competition, placing second in a New Jersey competition. She normally participates in the junior circuit, with competitors under the age of 18.
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Roberts told CNN last week that kids and guns can be a positive force.
“I want to be an inspiration to other kids and be a leader…Kids and guns don’t always mean bad things happen.”
Roberts has 20 sponsors and learned firearms training at five years old. Her father, Dan Roberts, is a certified firearms trainer and a single dad with custody of Shyanne and her younger brother. Dan says he feels “very comfortable” with his daughter using a firearm.
“I feel very comfortable because I know she’s been extraordinarily well-trained at how to be safe. I could have a fully loaded machine gun, and she would not dream of touching it because the curiosity factor has been eliminated.”