By now we’ve all heard about the tragedy that occurred in Idaho by a mother, Veronica Rutledge, who left her carry pistol in her purse. The incident took place at local Walmart, and when her two year son old found the weapon zipped away in her purse, a shot was accidentally discharged by the toddler, which took Rutledge’s life.
This is an unfortunate situation all the way around, and my heart goes out to the child and family. And here I’m going to reiterate what many are saying about concealed carry: always keep your gun on you, and/or within your control at all times.
With many concealed classes, students, especially women who carry bags are are often regarded as easier targets by criminals, are warned against purse carry. Purse snatchers are much, much more common than shooting sprees, and when if a robber snatches your purse or bag, he not only has your belongings, but your gun as well.
And that doesn’t even begin to cover what could happen if a child gets into your bag, as happened in Hayden, Idaho. Not only could a child accidentally shoot a parent, but his or herself, or their siblings. And even the most watchful mother or father can’t keep an eye on their kids at all moments.
It’s much safer for yourself and all involved to carry in a holster at your waist, or even a chest or underarm. There are many options for doing so, that are invisible under a loose blouse or shirt, as well as many guns that are designed to be slim and unobtrusive. If you need help choosing what’s best for your needs and style of clothing, come see our sales associates. Even if we don’t have it in stock, we can point you in the right direction. And as always, stay safe out there, guys.