Get Over your Fear of Handguns – May Did!

Although she was raised around handguns, during May’s class introduction she told us that both her dad and her brothers owned handguns, shotguns, and rifles. Still, May remained terribly afraid of handguns. May recently decided that the thought of owning a handgun was not a bad idea. She admitted she had recently visited a local store to browse the handgun section and even thought she might like to own a revolver.

Concealed Carry Handguns Qualification
GIRLZ on F.I.R.E. NC Concealed Carry Handgun Qualification 2016

 Safety is the beginning of any good class but when we got to the actual handgun portion of the class, the first thing I did for May was introduce her to the rubber training handgun. To my surprise, she immediately started shaking, confirming her fear. I tried to remove the rubber handgun from her hands but she was determined to shed her fear, and held on. I told May and all of the students present that the most important thing to remember is that a handgun is a tool. A tool cannot function without human interaction. We must remember that fear is based on conditioning, which is a learned behavior and can be reinforced through thought and memory of past experiences. When we identify our fears, we immediately have a chance of overcoming them.

It turned out that May’s fear was conditioning. With May’s fear, came respect for the tool. We should all  have a certain amount of fear of firearms less we become too comfortable, sacrificing our safety and those in our presence. As it turns out, May having both fear and respect for firearms, payed off in her favor. She was the best shooter of the day during the required North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun qualification requirement.

After completing her concealed carry qualification, May admitted that she still felt some anxiety, but was much more comfortable with the thought of purchasing and owning her own handgun, which she never would have considered before. I tell all of my students that Concealed Carry, if your first class, should be considered a first step in your firearms training journey. With continued training comes the ability to utilize your tool with safety, precision and accuracy, if needed, which we all hope never happens.

Concealed Carry Handbags – Are there any stylish options?

Looking for a Concealed Carry Handbag?

Are you looking for a concealed carry handbag and having little luck finding quality options? Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am a handbag snob. Nothing irritates me more than a highly endorsed line of handbags that are of low quality materials. When it comes to a concealed carry handbag, only buy the best because quality lasts.

No matter what concealed carry handbag you choose, the holstering option is critical. Many come with a velcro backed holster that ca be modified to fit a variety of handgun sizes. ALWAYS ensure that your holster option covers your trigger guard completely!

After an extensive search for the most beautiful concealed carry handbags, I discovered some beauties that I think any handbag snob will love!

Concealed Carrie has a beautiful line of concealed carry handbags that are sure to please the most bougie diva. Concealed Carrie offers a variety of satchels, hobos, and totes in leather and nylon. The Aged Brown Leather Satchel is my absolute favorite and the one I chose for personal carry.

Aged Brown Leather Satchel
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Crocodile Print Leather Hobo
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Another fabulous concealed carry handbag manufacturer is Designer Concealed Carry.  Designer Concealed Carry is the Hermes of concealed carry handbags with their price at the top of the scale in dollars and in style. With increased cost comes with increased quality as Designer Concealed Carry‘s handbag are absolutely stunning!

Couture satchel -Ivory Embossed
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Padlock Satchel - black lizard
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Gun Tote’N Mamas  offer a variety of crossbody bags, shoulder bags, and totes at a much more affordable price. Gun Tote’N Mamas  also offer vegan varieties for those who refuse to spend a lot on a purse or prefer not to purchase real leather.

GTM-77 Blue Studded Tote
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What is your favorite line of concealed carry handbags? Do you currently own a concealed carry bag or is there one that you currently have your eye on? Share your favorite concealed carry handbag with the GIRLZ on F.I.R.E. community by leaving a comment below!

Handgun Rights and the Three-year Misdemeanor Rule

Are you afraid that you’ll never be able to obtain a concealed carry handgun permit due to past misdemeanor criminal charges? You as an individual should most especially be aware of YOUR handgun rights.

Handgun Rights

As of July 1, 2015 after 3 years have passed in North Carolina, a person found guilty of or who has received a prayer for judgment as either a continued or a suspended sentence for a specific crime can apply and receive a concealed handgun permit if they meet all other qualifications.

The list of crimes includes those of simple assault; violation of court orders; controlled substances, deadly weapons, violations for ordinances, and a variety of other crimes.

As of July 1, 2015 concealed handgun permit applicants are permanently disqualified from receiving a concealed handgun permit if found guilty or have received a prayer for judgment as either a continued or suspended sentence for specific misdemeanor crimes. The list of crimes includes those involving violence and crimes with weapons; assaults, stalking; child abuse; domestic violence and a long list of other crimes

If three years have passed and you would like to know if you meet the list of qualifications  required to become a concealed carry handgun permit holder in North Carolina, check out NC Firearms Firearm Laws published by the North Carolina Department of Justice.

Hoplophobia – Irrational fear of Firearms

Hoplophobia - Irrational Fear of Guns
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Hoplophobia is an irrational concern of firearms, for hoplon actually means weapon and phobia means irrational fear.

Throughout the years, I’ve met many women who upon  learning that I own and carry a handgun say, “I’m Scared of Guns.” My reply is always, “I’m afraid to not have my gun.”

Growing up in the country, I was introduced to various types of guns at a very young age. It was nothing to walk in someone’s house and see two to three rifles/shotguns on a gun rack as part of the every day shabby chic décor. It was also common to ride through town and see a rifle/shotgun hanging in the back window of a local resident’s pickup truck. There was something not complete about a pickup without a gun rack. Guns were just NORMAL where I grew up.

I never really thought about it, but looking back, as a young child, the sight of rifle/shotgun in the home actually made me feel safer. I knew that if someone was to come onto my great uncle’s property, our family was protected. I never once thought of touching one of much uncles guns although I had access to them daily. I think the key is knowledge and respect for weapons as a hold.

Today in NC, their is law that requires storage of firearms to protect minors. You MUST have firearms locked or you will face criminals penalties if your firearm is obtained and used in a threatening manner. Talk to your kids about guns. Talk to your friends and relatives about guns. Most especially, talk to them about gun safety. If you and your kids are visiting their homes, let them know and ask them to secure their firearms! Protect the kids!

Part of my  everyday recreation was shooting in the back yard at grandpa’s house with BB and pellet guns. Now they call them “air soft” guns.  I got my first handgun at the age of 19 and my second by the age of 24. Being Scared of guns is not an option for me.

GIRLZ on F.I.R.E.’s mission is to empower Women with the knowledge and skills required in the safe and efficient use of firearms. Our goal is to eliminate the fear and provide you with the confidence required to protect yourself and your family!

Are you afraid of guns? Do you have a love for guns? Let us know in the comments!

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10 things they don’t tell you about the gun range

Ladies, Do you know what to expect on your first trip to the gun range? Of course there are guns but what is it they don’t tell you?

Women's Firearms Training
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1) Dress like one of the boys

That flannel shirt that you love, your favorite hoodie, that cute baseball cap you love on bad hair days… PERFECT.

How you dress depends on whether the gun range is outdoor or indoor. Indoor is easy to plan for. If I’m shooting outdoors, I’ll typically layer my outwear according the the predicted temperature that day.

2) Don’t wear your good shoes

If you are visiting a range, leave your good shoes in the car. Whether indoor or outdoor, you are guaranteed to step on brass casings. If it’s an outdoor range, wear your rain boots as they tend to be very muddy after a rainy day.

3) Expect VERY loud noise

Guess what… Gunfire is LOUD, which is why ear protection is not only recommended but mandatory. The sound of a single shot can cause hearing loss! You can used regular foam earplugs or ear muffs. Be sure to research the level of noise protection provided by your choice of protection.

4) Strangers will be happy to assist you

I know that visiting a gun range for the time can be intimidating with Firearms being a male-dominated industry but skilled strangers are always willing to offer advice and guidance to newbies! In addition, every range has certified Range Officers on staff to monitor Firearm safety.

5) Guys love our Pink

Yes they talk junk about our pink but GUYS LOVE OUR PINK. Pink is a sign of femininity so naturally it draws a mans eye. I had a great time laughing at the fella checking out my pink camo range bag for his wife.

6) They think we are gun dumb

Face it ladies it’s just certain things that men think we don’t know! Guns are one if them. They will be quick to critique you on everything so do yourself a favor and do some training that includes safety and marksmanship. Also know how your firearm operates.

7) TREAT EVERY GUN LIKE IT’S LOADED!!!!

Know the rules of Firearm Safety and always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use, treat EVERY gun as if it is loaded, NEVER place your hand on the trigger until your are ready to shoot. Know your target and what is beyond.

8) Guns are for girls

Don’t be conformed by society and think that having a gun makes you a killer when it can most likely keep you from getting killed instead. I am #NeverAVictim knowing that if someone comes into my home I can protect my family!

There is much debate as to whether or not a gun in the home is more detrimental to the owner as many argue that it can be used against them. This is where firearm safety training is crucial. Know your firearm, know how to operate it properly, keep it cleaned and ready for use and ALWAYS have a plan for self-defense in your home!

9) Pick your own gun!

Picking out your gun is very personal. I recommend going to range Thant offers hanging rental so that you can shoot several models from revolver to semi automatic.

10) You belong!

Women are the fastest growing consumer in the gun industry today. Gun shops now offer women specific holsters and accessories while many shooting ranges provide women’s only courses and ladies night events.Your first trip may be a little awkward, which is expected for anything new but after that you’ll know exactly what to expect. So grab your range bag and go!

When is the last time you made a trip to the gun range?