Gayle Trotter is second from right. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)
Gayle Trotter is second from right. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)

Gayle Trotter of the conservative Independent Women's Forum testified that banning high-capacity magazines would hurt women.

"Guns make women safer," Trotter argued, because they eliminate the advantage violent criminals might have in size and strength. "Using a firearm with a magazine holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, a woman would have a fighting chance even against multiple attackers."

"Scary-looking guns" also inspires more fear in an attacker, she said. "Young women are speaking out as to why AR-15's are their weapons of choice" -- they are lightweight and accurate. (A recent op-ed in the National Review made this case.)

Trotter went on to argue that concealed-carry laws and armed guards deter crime, while gun-free zones and new gun regulations only create easy targets "where madmen can wreak havoc."

She cited research finding that concealed-carry laws decrease crime. The Post's  Factchecker has looked into that study and found that the conclusions are actually much murkier and disputed by other researchers.