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Meet Joy Allen

January 30, 2023



Today we’d like to introduce you to Joy Allen.

Hi Joy, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.

My journey started with a simple goal. “Just for fun” I wanted to learn to shoot a handgun. In 2016, my husband arranged for me to take an introductory course, and I fell in love. I felt empowered. It was fun. Shooting became my therapy. Professionally, I’m a Clinical Research professional. I have also served as a pastor since 2007. So, community service and wellness are of the utmost importance to me. As I began to do my homework and grow in my new hobby, I quickly realized the discrepancies defined by gender, ethnicity, and economics regarding Second Amendment education and access. For me, this was an opportunity to make a difference.


‘We’re Here’: The Plainness of Black Female Gun Ownership in North Carolina

September 19, 2022

CHAPEL HILL, NC - UNC-CH Media Hub Story by Clay Morris


Dorrian Wilson grew up around guns.

In her hometown of Franklin, Louisiana, having guns was so common that it wouldn’t be unusual for a 5-year-old to receive a rifle on their birthday. 

“We hunted, we fished, we grew our own vegetables and guns were not seen as something taboo,” Wilson said. 

Wilson, who now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, Rob Austin, has an extensive family history of people using guns as a form of protection. Her uncles, she said, used firearms in Franklin to fend off white people who wanted to prevent them from voting in the ‘50s and ‘60s. 


The Growth of Women of Color in Firearms

February 15, 2022

United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) Blog, by Beth Alcazar


The last two years have added millions of new gun owners, with various statistics soaring above 11-14 million or more! But one of the most exciting statistics to acknowledge is the growth in the numbers of minorities who are joining the 2A community. According to NSSF data, ownership of firearms among Black Americans increased 58.2% through the first six months of 2020. And those numbers remained steady in 2021 — outpacing every other demographic. There have also been notably large pockets of growth with women of color, who have been pushing forward in their firearms journeys and purchasing their first guns. Nearly 87% of gun stores nationwide showed an increase in Black women buying firearms just within the first six months of 2021.


Triangle Shooting Club Celebrates Juneteenth with Inaugural Celebration

June 14, 2021

RALEIGH, NC – Triangle area shooting club integrates their mission and core values into community event during inaugural Juneteenth celebration.  The event is co-sponsored by the Raleigh chapter of the National African-American Gun Association (NAAGA) and offers festivities for the entire family. The event is free of charge and open to the public. The celebration will offer music, games, food, contests and more. There will be a ‘bring your own water gun’ (BYOWG) championship water fight as well as raffles and prizes throughout the event.

WHO: InHER Piece Ladies’ Shooting Clubs that aims to empower women of all walks of life through firearms training and personal protection education without the intimidation of political, gender, or socioeconomic agendas.

The National African-American Gun Association (NAAGA) upholds a mission to establish a fellowship by educating on the rich legacy of gun ownership by African Americans, offering training that supports safe gun use for self-defense and sportsmanship, and advocating for the inalienable right to self-defense for African Americans.


WHEN: Saturday, June 19, 2021 

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT


WHERE: Centennial Park

1015 New Bethel Church Road

Garner, NC 27529


Yolanda Peterson | Public Relations  | 

Joy Allen | Chief Executive Officer |

Official Statement on Recent Gun Violence

March 26, 2021

RALEIGH, NC – Over the last week and a half, our nation, still reeling from the devastating loss of life from the coronavirus, suffered another traumatic blow. Twice within a week, individuals took it upon themselves to take away the lives of eighteen innocent people. Someone’s child, mother, father, sister, brother, husband, wife, and grandparents. These are lives that meant so much to the family and friends that lost them. We at InHer Piece want to express our heartfelt condolences to those affected by the recent domestic terror attacks and would like to express that we stand with the victims of gun violence and other acts of domestic terrorism.

We at InHer Piece understand this is a sensitive time in our nation, one that intersects across all lines of marginalization. We also understand the narrative that is going on between different groups in America. However, we want to use this time to focus on those that have lost loved ones, and for us, that is a full stop. Right now, these individuals need all the love and support they can get. Yes, we understand that as a member of the 2A community, there are certain stereotypes applied to us. However, we would like to first and foremost state that before 2A, we are women, wives, mothers, faith leaders, professionals, and educators. We are nurturers and we lead with love and light.


"Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah For You, O God, have heard my vows; You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name.”  -- ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭61

Joy Allen, InHER Piece President and NAAGA Member Spotlight

March 16, 2021

ATLANTA, GA – Once in a while you meet somebody that really stands out in the firearms industry. Recently I had the pleasure of meeting personally and observing such a person. The NAAGA member I am referring to is none other than Joy Allen who hails from the Triangle NC Gun Club. She is an outstanding member, expert shooter, and an elite Instructor who qualified and passed the rigorous NAAGA Instructor Course recently. There is a quiet confidence that she has combined with Intelligence. If that weren’t enough, as an elite shooter and trainer within the NAAGA family, she also has a Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD and is currently employed as the Director of Clinical Data Management for a company in North Carolina. On top of all of that, she is a pastor. This is a bad sista that exemplifies excellence at every level.


Triangle Shooting Club Offers "First of Its Kind" Mentorship Program

December 22, 2020

Offers women a ‘safe place’ to learn with certified female instructors


RALEIGH, NC - Triangle area shooting club, InHer Piece has launched the new Peace of Mind Mentorship Program, beginning in December 2020. The program aimed at pairing female and female-identifying novice shooters with experienced female instructors, in order to break down the barriers that exist among the shooting sports and firearms community. The program will incorporate training, support, and mentorship for participants in order to develop strong, educated, and confident shooters. 


Classes will be held each month, in accordance with the Governor’s guidelines and CDC mandates. Material is vetted and standardized so that all participants receive accurate, timely, and beneficial information. The classes will be offered in two sessions, a web-based program, and a range based session. The range sessions will cost $35 - $40* depending on InHer Piece membership status and the price includes ammo and gun rental.


To learn more about the program, please visit 


WHAT: Peace of Mind Mentorship Program

WHO: InHer Piece Ladies Shooting Club

WHEN: Starting December 2020 - ongoing 

WHERE:  Online and Range TBD



Yolanda Peterson | Public Relations  | 

Joy Allen | Chief Executive Manager and Co-Director |


Shooting Clubs Takes Aim at Empowering Black Women

July 20, 2020

The Charlotte Post.

RALEIGH – Defending yourself is not only knowing how to use a weapon. It’s the confidence and belief you are worth defending.

Two Raleigh women have joined forces and founded InHER Piece Ladies Shooting Club to empower African American women through firearms training. The club’s motto is “Peace of mind, one round at a time!”


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