by: Carrie Lightfoot
Conceal and Carry, Concealed Carry, or CCW, is defined as the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in public in a concealed manner, either on one’s person or in proximity. Concealed Carry for women poses some important questions and challenges. Women have some unique challenges to effective and safe concealed carry such as: holster locations on our curvy bodies, a variety of clothing styles that can make concealed carry challenging and the way a woman lives out her life.
The Supreme Court, in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), ruled that the Second Amendment protects “the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation”. Self-defense is a fundamental right. The U.S. constitution, the constitutions of 44 states, common law, and the laws of all states recognize the right to use arms in self-defense. Right To Carry laws respect the right to self-defense by allowing individuals to carry firearms for protection. The laws change and it is imperative that you know the laws in your state and the permitting requirements prior to carrying your gun in a concealed manner. It is your responsibility to not only understand the concealed carry laws but also understand the seriousness of the responsibility you assume when you choose to concealed carry. As intelligent women, we instinctively know that we need to protect ourselves and that the world we live in, sadly requires us to always be aware of our surroundings and know that there are some very bad people out there that will do us harm. I don’t want to dwell on the gruesome, painful realities and statistics of the violent crimes against women, as The Well-Armed Women is focused on empowerment. However, in making the decision to concealed carry as a woman it is important to be fully informed. and understand the need to protect ourselves, whether our personal plan includes concealed carry of a gun or other methods of self-defense.
Once you have made the decision to carry a gun, there is one thing that is not an option and that is carrying a gun un-holstered. Whether you carry in your pocket, in a purse or in your belt, your firearm must be holstered and the trigger covered at all times. Carrying a concealed gun carries the great responsibility of being safe and trained how to use it. Concealed carry for women has some very real challenges to comfortably and safely carry a concealed gun. Our clothing and our curves cause most of the challenges to carrying a gun on our person. On the body carrying is preferred and is the safest and best way for you to carry your gun. It is on you, within easy reach and the opportunity for someone who you don’t want to get to your gun is extremely limited.
Let’s start with the challenges our clothing present for effectively carrying a concealed gun. Women tend to wear more fitting styles and many of the fabrics we love are thin and sheer. Naturally this can make it difficult to conceal a gun. Dresses pose an additional set of challenges as the absence of a belt add to the difficulty. Yet, to provide the security we desire, we must have our gun readily available and accessible to defend ourselves and yet be hidden from view. Women are shorter waisted and our curvy hips can change the way a gun carry’s on our waist.
The Well Armed Woman has a driving focus to Educate, Equip & Empower women for self-defense and to expand the world of ?rearms and to be voice for women everywhere.
The Well-Armed Woman was founded in 2012 by Carrie Lightfoot, an entrepreneur with a background in small business startups, ecommerce and marketing. As a firearm enthusiast, and certified handgun instructor, Carrie has now set her sights on opening and expanding the world of firearms to women working to “demystify” the unnecessarily confusing and intimidating male driven industry.