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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Concealed Carry Handbag
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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!

Requirements to Purchase a Handgun in North Carolina

Are you looking to purchase a handgun in North Carolina for sport or personal defense but confused about the process. Keep reading to learn the requirements to purchase a handgun in North Carolina.

To purchase a handgun in North Carolina, the purchaser must provide a valid photo ID along with a valid North Carolina-issued pistol purchase permit or concealed handgun permit to the seller

NC Flag Handgun

If the handgun purchase is made at a retail establishment, the purchaser is required complete and sign Firearms Transactions Record Form 4473. If you are buying with a NC-issued pistol purchase permit, the retailer is required to retain the original NC-issued pistol purchase permit for their records. 

 If the handgun is purchase is made through a private transaction, the transfer of handguns also requires that the transferee show proof of a state-issued pistol purchase permit or possesses a valid North Carolina issued concealed carry permit. In North Carolina you are only allowed to buy one handgun per state issued pistol purchase permit. The permit must be relinquished to the seller.

It is highly recommend that you complete a bill of sale showing transfer of ownership. The bill of sale should include name of both buyer and seller, handgun serial number, make and model, date of sale, verified id credentials and signature of both buyer and seller. The bill of sale showing transfer of ownership protects both the buyer and the seller in the event the firearm is used for self-defense. Bill of sale templates can be easily downloaded on Google.

Law Enforcement Officials are exempt from completing both Form 4473 and are exempt from going  through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Although exempt from NICS, law enforcement officials are required to provide a certificate signed by a designated authority. The signed certificate must state that the  firearm is to be used for official duties. Law Enforcement Official must have no convictions for misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence.

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What happens in Concealed Carry Handgun Class

A North Carolina Concealed CarryConcealed Carry Handgun permit allows you to legally carry a handgun on your body or in a personal tote such as backpack, briefcase, or handbag. NORTH CAROLINA FIREARMS LAWS defines Concealed Carry “about the person” which means it must be concealed on the person or within arm’s reach of the person.

Proof of an eight-hour state-approved Firearm Safety training or Concealed Carry class is required by the State of North Carolina prior to applying for a state issued permit. Two of those hours must be dedicate to the Laws of Self Defense. In addition to the eight hours of mandatory classroom training that is required, you must complete a 20 question written exam on the Legal Issues of Self-Defense and Firearm Safety and Rules and shooting range qualification.

The course as taught by GIRLZ on F.I.R.E., L.L.C. includes instruction on North Carolina Common Law, North Carolina Statutory Law, Rules of Safety, Gun Handling, Handgun Nomenclature, and Marksmanship Fundamentals. NC Common Law teaches both justified and unjustified self-defense while knowledge of NC Statutory Law states the rights and rules you must abide by as a citizen. The course also includes Rules of Safety, Gun Handling, Storage of Handguns, Alcohol and Firearms and Ammunition Safety. There is added discussion on Handguns, specifically Revolvers versus Semiautomatic Pistols. Marksmanship Fundamentals includes topics on Grip, Follow-Through, Stance, Breath Control, Sight Alignment/Sight Picture, Shooting Rhythm, Trigger Control, and Shooting Positions. In addition, we cover Carrying Concealed Safety Issues and Presentation Techniques. Last, we cover Cleaning and Maintenance through demonstration of Proper Cleaning Procedures, Lubrication, Function Check, and a detailed discussion on Ammunition selection.

Obtaining your North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun certification is a choice that requires mental preparedness. Keeping Safety at the front of your mind at all times is critical. By taking time to further your training and practicing firing drills both at home (dry-fire) and at the range is when you truly become a better and more skilled shooter. In addition, Sports and Competition shooting is fun when we practice safety first, so get out there and find a community of like-minded shooters to learn more about the sport.

Five States of Awareness

The Five States of Awareness are based on Jeff Cooper’s Color Codes and Self-Defense. By being conscious of the various states of awareness, our mind will always be in an active mode of self-defense.

States of Awareness Colors
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The five states are defined as:

White – relaxed and unaware/not paying attention.  Places where you are in a White state typically include home and places you feel safe. It’s important to remember that criminals attack when you are most vulnerable.

Yellow – relaxed but aware of who and what is around you. You are head up, eyes open. You are typically in a Yellow state as soon as you leave the comfort of home, meaning, most public and social environments. Being in the Yellow state allows you to focus on possible threats in an effort to avoid them or be prepared to face them.

Orange – possible threat identified.  You may be in an Orange states in places such as parking lots, shopping centers, etc. In this state, you tend to remain on radar until you feel a threat no longer exists. While in an Orange state you must remain focused on one threat while remaining aware of other possible threats. Mental preparedness of recognizing a threat and acknowledging it immediately puts you in less danger.

Red – direct threat. In a Red state, you are no longer a potential threat but now a potential target. You must be fully prepared to respond/react! You must be mentally ready to fight and have a plan of defense if actual physical activity occurs. When not mentally prepared, you can be easily overtaken.

Black – Actively fighting. In a Black state you have been physically attacked and are actively responding. At this point you must defend yourself or fall victim. At this point you must be empowered with the knowledge and tools necessary to defend yourself, whether non-lethal options such as pepper spray, a taser, or kubaton pen, or a lethal concealed carry firearm.

By being alert and having a conscious knowledge of the five states of readiness. you are empowered with choices that may help you avoid a deadly threat, which is ALWAYS the desired outcome.