Gun-toting grannies

Police chief gives group shooting lessons

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Nearly a dozen granny-aged gals grabbed their guns and followed Sealy Police Chief Jay Reeves to the law enforcement shooting range in San Felipe July 22 for a friendly shooting lesson.

The group of friends known at the Java Gypsies were treated to the lesson by Reeves and his son Hayden Reeves that morning. Instruction included gun safety, gun handing and loading, and use of the weapons in live firing practice.

The Java Gypsies are a group of older, civic-minded ladies who are dedicated to making the Sealy community a better place to live, work and play. They gather weekly at Studio Blend Gallery for meetings to discuss upcoming events. Those events have included delivering homemade baked goods to the police, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders.

The group consists of several retired teachers, a registered nurse, a floral designer, a stained-glass artist, a nursing home administrator and a dance choreographer/instructor.

Among the upcoming adventures await them includes a trip to Brookwood in Brookshire to support the community for adults with special needs.

During the summer the Java Gypsies can be found at the Irene LaBlanc swimming pool at Jacqueline A. Cryan Memorial Park on Wednesday mornings for the water yoga/aerobics class taught by Mel Perez.

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