Post # 1
Darling Husband bought me a small pistol over the weekend for my birthday. I’m pretty comfortable target shooting and have handled guns since I was younger, but this is my first gun that I actually own.
I’m debating on whether I want to get my CC permit or just open carry, so I’m wondering, what do you do?
Dh says I should CC and keep it in my purse, but I feel if I ever needed it to protect myself, I’d have a difficult time getting it out of my purse.
Background on why we feel we need protection…We live in a rural area, but the closest town, where we go to shop and work in, is getting dangerous. I had an incident where a guy followed me out of the grocery store and exposed himself to me, then followed me out of the city. One of my best friends was a victim of a home invasion and shot 4 times for no reason. He’s alive and recovering, no major organs were hit. There are countless of other crimes daily. I don’t feel safe going anywhere by myself in the evenings/night when I get off work.
Anyway, do you carry on your side, in your purse, or something else??
Post # 3
I’m not old enough yet to get my CC (or a handgun), but like you, I’ve handled guns since I was younger. My dad does have his CC, and while I’m afraid I’m not much help with open-carry vs. CC, I can tell you this: those CC classes are NO joke!
In my dad’s class, if you messed something up even one time, it was highly likely that you would get kicked out of the class. They take it really seriously. I almost feel like even if you decide to open-carry, a CC class might be good just for the handgun instincts it will instill in you. I’m sure since you’ve handled guns and target shot before, you know the drill, but it can help drive the safety home.
Also, if you do take a CC class, you at least have the option. Sometimes you might not want to open-carry, and sometimes it might make you feel better to open-carry. It’d be nice to have the option anyway.
Post # 4
I don’t carry, but they do make purses/bags designed for easy access if you CC. If I ever decide to carry, I will probably get a CC license- people are more likely to react unfavorably if they see the gun… or can be seen as a challenge in certain situations.
Post # 5
In Georgia, you need your permit to carry regardless of whether it’s open or concealed. I prefer to CC because I’ve always felt like advertising the fact you have a weapon is going to cause more trouble than it’s worth. I have two holsters–the FlashBang bra holster, and a regular old in the pants holster (it depends on what I’m wearing as to which holster I use). I alternate wearing the waistband holster at the small of my back and doing appendix carry, again depending on what I’m wearing. I NEVER keep it in my purse, because then if someone manages to snatch my purse, they also have my weapon.
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you this since you’re experienced with guns, but make sure that you practice drawing regularly.
Post # 7
@MissCountryGirl727: Im getting CC so I can put it in my purse. I mean where else would you put it on you?
Post # 8
Don’t carry in your bag–only on your person. If someone snatches the purse, they’ll get your gun. Chicshooter.com has some awesome concealed carry holster options for women.
Post # 9
If I CC’d, I would definatley look into an on-body holster… keeping it in the purse just seems to be asking for trouble.
Total personal opinions – open carry makes me uncomfortable. It makes me feel like the person is always on the lookout for danger, and if I make the wrong move I’ll be on the wrong end of… danger.
I know that’s a misconception, but people REALLY don’t open carry in NJ so I’m totally not used to it. I saw it once in a store and people really cleared away from the dude – no one knew why he had a gun at his side. My father was an officer so he CC’d all the time, it’s just the way you do around here, if you’re even able to get a permit.
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@MissCountryGirl727: Either way you plan to carry get your concealed weapons permit/license. It will save you a lot of grief if you ever have any issues or accidents. My dad accidentally shot himself after carrying for over 35 years and haivng the permit helped clear up things with the local police much more quickly than if he had just been carrying. Plus, it’s nice to have the option, especially if you have to dress up nice and don’t want to accessorize with your pistol.
Post # 11
@MissCountryGirl727: I don’t like guns and never want to own one myself, but I appreciate why you have one and why you are asking (and I want to thank you for asking because it shows you understand that owning a gun is a big responsibility).
All I can say is that it depends on your state. I know that in my state it would be really scary for a lot of people to see someone openly carrying a gun on them in public. The only people who really do that up here are Military or Police. We just don’t have as big a gun culture here as other states – yeah, I’m sure there are a lot of people who own guns up here, but the culture just seems different than in the impression I get from other states.
And I think that the laws regarding permits and concealed weapons probably depends on the state as well. Maybe you could contact your local Police Station and ask about the Laws in your area (sorry I’m not more helpful, that really is my best suggestion)?
Post # 12
Don’t carry in your purse. IF you get mugged, the correct action is to fling your purse in their general direction, and run like hell the other way. There is NOTHING in your purse that is worth the loss of life, period. However, it’s generally a bad idea to give a mugger a gun. Keep it on your person, concealed or otherwise. Also, take some real safety classes, and not the ‘shoot first, let the gods sort the bodies out later’ sort. You can carry safely, get a REAL holster and learn to use it properly. Also, get some shooting practice at the range before you even think about getting a CCW permit.
Post # 13
@jesssamesssa: There are several excellent holsters designed with women’s clothing in mind. There are bra holsters such as the FlashBang and the Marilyn (the Marilyn works well with dresses & sports bras). Those holsters are made for specific guns, but they’re great options. I can actually wear my waistband holster in my sports bra, too.
Post # 14
@Nostawyn: I dont think I have the boobs to pull off hiding a gun! lol You would literally just see the gun! I am one of those girls that would never wear a gun holster unless I was wearing jeans, a belt and cowboy boots.
Post # 15
@jesssamesssa: You would be SHOCKED how small your boobs can be and still conceal a gun, especially if have a small single stack .22. I would never recommend carrying your weapon in your purse, although a purse designed for CC would defintiely be your best bet if that’s what you decide to do.
Post # 16
- Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN
@MissCountryGirl727: My mom, SIL and I all 3 CC in our purse, I also have a leg holster, we have never had an issue. My mom had to pull hers once and even as nervous and shaky as she was she was able to get it out. The guy knew what she was going for and started backing off before she even got it out of her purse.