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Two women training at the FBI have complained that a firearms test that measures trigger-pulling strength has been used by the law enforcement agency to discriminate against women, a lawyer for one of them said Wednesday.

The other woman resigned Wednesday after she had tried several times to pass a test in which new agents are required to pull the trigger of an unloaded handgun 29 times in 30 seconds. Agents who repeatedly fail the test are dropped from the FBI.Jessica Jurney, the trainee who resigned, said that at one point she pulled the trigger 27 times with her left hand and 25 times with her right hand. After a debate over whether she could qualify with her left or right hand, she quit saying she felt her trainers had labeled her a potential troublemaker.

Jurney, a 29-year-old lawyer from Mississippi, said that the FBI had recruited her as part of an effort to hire more women at an agency traditionally dominated by men. "I went in thinking they would really work with me to be a good agent," she said, but encountered a rigid sometimes hostile environment at the FBI training base in Quantico, Va. "Coming out, I think Quantico really has a problem with an old guard," she said.

FBI officials have said they are evaluating the relevancy of the test and, more broadly, Louis J. Freeh, the FBI director has said he is committed to eliminating any bias he uncovers at the agency.

But some women say change is slow in coming. The trigger-pull test is one of a number of issues that have prompted some women at the FBI to organize into a group that has begun the first steps that could lead to a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a prerequisite to a discrimination suit against the agency.

Women said the test was not related to any task FBI agents are required to perform in the field. They also complained that the test was sometimes given using weapons too large for their hands before they begin training.

FBI officials acknowledge that agents are rarely required to fire their weapons so quickly. But they say firearms proficiency is an important skill for agents and insist the test is a gauge of success in firearms training when agents repeatedly practice shooting.

The lawyer, David J. Shaffer, represents a group of women, including agents and prospective employees who say the FBI's policies discourage them from getting hired. He said Jurney's case "shows how the Bureau is unwilling to change pervasive environmental issues at Quantico."

The trainee whose name has not been disclosed has filed a formal complaint over the trigger-pull test with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Shaffer said. The complaint, filed last week, said the woman had been forced to resign over the trigger-pull test.