Even a simple trip to the ladies’ room at my favorite restaurant turned into a major ordeal when wearing my firearm!
- Where do I put the gun when I have to remove my pants?
- What if I’m wearing a dress?
- What if there’s no hook on the back of the door to put my purse that holds my gun – should I place it on the floor?
- What if I leave my purse at the restaurant table with my husband? Where do I put the gun when I take it off inside the ladies’ room stall?
Do you have ANY idea how many times each day the average woman uses the ladies’ room??? That’s taking the gun off and putting it back on EACH TRIP – increasing the possibility of an accidental discharge, forgetting it on the pedestal above the toilet paper holder, dropping it on a tile floor, and more.
Many of the EDC articles I’d read “for women” involved:
- Thigh holsters that didn’t hold up once you holstered anything heavier than a Ruger LCP.
- Bra holsters that potentially pointed a loaded firearm at an area that I didn’t want to risk shooting (isn’t that one of the 4 basic rules of handling a firearm???)
- Zippered purse holders (“Hang on, Mr. Bad Guy. I know my gun is in here somewhere.”)
- Or worse…were written assuming I’d always wear pants and a bulky jacket to conceal my firearm.
I’m a girly-girl. I’m also a business owner. I prefer wearing a full dress and heels to jeans and a t-shirt. Now I’m hearing that I’ll be forced to choose between either personal protection or expressing my femininity!
Just to go clothes shopping while wearing a concealed carry weapon takes a concerted effort!
*I have never forgotten to put my gun back on – I’m far too conscious of it. The point here is that it increases the possibility.
- Form-fitting clothing is impossible with a thigh holster worn on the outside of the thigh. The average passerby can practically read the words “Glock 42” through my dress.
- Any woman with feminine curves can tell you that an inside-the-thigh holster is laughable. To attempt a cross-draw shoulder holster with an ample bosom is more difficult than fitting into the little black dress I’d had my eye on.
- Certain stores with posted “No Firearms Allowed” signs no longer generate revenue from my patronage. I won’t even shop there anymore.
Carrying a firearm as a woman takes serious consideration beyond the responsibility of “only” concealing a gun on my body (that alone is a heavy weight to shoulder).
- Selecting which firearm I’d carry every day,
- Training with the firearm,
- Passing the state-required courses, and
- Obtaining my handgun carry permit