So, a question for the ladies: Do you have a handgun? Do you carry it daily? If not, have you thought about purchasing a handgun for personal protection? Here are some stats:
- 17.25 million - the number of concealed carry permits in the U.S. this year.
- 890,000 - the increase in concealed carry permits in the last year.
- 275% - the increase of concealed carry permits over the last 10 years.
Guns and gun ownership have been, and continue to be, a highly debated issue in the U.S. today. Anti-gun campaigns, protests, marches and waves of anti-gun media coverage have set a tone of intolerance for firearms in general, but they have also purveyed a lot of misinformation. Despite a climate thick with anti-gun talk, the number of concealed carry permit holders has grown significantly. There are more than 17.25 million concealed carry holders this year in the U.S., an increase of more than 890,000 since last year and a 275% increase over a 10 year period, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center. Americans take their safety seriously, and since most of us don’t have a security detail following us around, that means the onus is on us to defend and protect ourselves and those we love.
Everyone has their own reasons for carrying. I carry for personal protection and to defend my family. Unfortunately, there are some that walk among us that don’t value life, that are reckless, unstable and willing to hurt others – just turn on the news, there is a new example every day. I’m not willing to be a victim or a statistic, I am a mom and I will fiercely defend my own. In addition, because I spend a great deal of time in the outdoors, I also carry for backup, to neutralize any threats from animals that could attack or eat me :)
The method of carry is unique to each individual as well – IWB, OWB, shoulder holster, ankle holster, fanny pack/pouch, handbag/purse, belly band, thigh holster, bra holster, pocket carry – gender aside there are a lot of different carry methods. The clothing you are wearing, the physical activity you’ll be engaging in and where you will be going are all factors that can dictate the way you carry, so, everyday carriers generally need to have more than one option at their disposal. I’m a huge fan of Sticky Holsters, they are an IWB holster that uses pressure from your waistband to secure both your holster and your gun, plus I use their AnkleBiter system. However, I also have dedicated concealed carry clothing. CINCH Jeans is a clothing brand that caters to men and women that lead outdoor lifestyles. CINCH also has a great line of concealed carry products that I’ve become familiar with, that are a great solution for everyday carry.
- Concealed Carry Capri - Most likely, you have some sort of athletic wear in your closet. However, the problem with most athletic wear is the lack of pockets and/or belt loops to help you secure your firearm. These concealed carry leggings have a built-in appendix carry holster in the waistband that can accommodate a wide variety of handguns. It keeps your firearm concealed, but easily accessible. Plus, they have a hidden waistband pocket to stash cash, credit cards or keys.
- Blue Tech Legging - The other issue that concealed carriers face with athletic wear is the loose fit that doesn’t lend itself well to stowing your firearm. These leggings don’t have the same built-in concealed carry holster that the previous capris do, however what they do have is a construction that fits snuggly against the body which makes it possible to holster your firearm in a Sticky Holster, securely inside the waistband. Plus, CINCH also has a great selection of athletic wear tops that correspond with these leggings – shirts, hoodies and vests – all of them hit the right length to conceal your firearm effectively and fully.
- Concealed Carry Jackets - With styles for both men and women, CINCH concealed carry jackets and vests have hidden inner pockets, one on each side to accommodate both left and right handed shooters. Your firearm can be safely tucked inside these pockets and secured with an included holster. A quick zip of your jacket makes your firearm very easily accessible. Because fall often brings inclement weather, these jackets are also made to withstand the elements and are windproof and water resistant. (Be sure to check-in frequently as CINCH rolls out their new fall outerwear offerings.)
Why do you carry? How do you carry? It really doesn’t matter, that’s up to you. What does matter is that you carry with confidence, not arrogance, or maybe worse yet, ignorance. Seek out training if you are a new firearm owner, practice often and follow the letter of the law as it relates to firearms in your state. You’ll never regret being able to defend yourself!