Wanting a Concealed Carry Permit in North Carolina?

The average wait time to receive a state-issued concealed carry permit in North Carolina is ninety days. Citizens wanting to carry a firearm concealed are required to complete eight hours of mandatory training in firearms safety. Requirements for carrying a concealed handgun are defined by the North Carolina Department of Justice. Courses include state laws on legal aspects of using deadly force and areas where carrying a handgun concealed is prohibited.

Each student is required to pass a twenty question written test and demonstrate safe gun handling on the firing range. The on-range portion of the course requires each student hit twenty-one out of thirty shots fired. Shots are fired at three, five, and seven-yard distances.

The course includes Handgun Nomenclature, Handgun Safety , Marksmanship Fundamentals, Safety Issues, Presentation Techniques, Cleaning and Maintenance, Ammunition, and Proficiency Drills. Costs typically includes training materials, shooting target, and firing a handgun on range. Firearms instructors typically offer handgun rental with ammunition for an additional cost.

Upon successful completion of the course, each student is provided with a certificate certifying that their training has been completed. The certificate must be surrendered to the sheriff’s office in your residential county as part of the application process.

As a United States citizen is important to keep abreast of gun laws that affect your second amendment rights. As a handgun owner it is imperative that you know whether or not you reside in one of many issue states. In court, you will be held responsible for complying with state mandated concealed carry laws when carrying a concealed weapon.

Become familiar with background check requirements and seek firearm training from a reputable instructor in your area. Most states have gun lobby groups supported by a national rifle organization and some participate in efforts to fight violent crime. Protecting your second amendment rights involves being an advocate for constitutional carry. It also involves being informed of new bills as they are introduced to congress in Washington, DC.

Laws vary from state to state. In West Virginia, concealed carry permit holders can obtain a permit online while Georgia uses a simple application request process. It is mandatory that you know the laws in your state prior to obtaining an out of state permit online. For more information see the article How long Does it Take to Obtain a Concealed Carry Handgun Permit in North Carolina.

Concealed Carry Holster Options for Women on the Grind

With so many concealed carry options available, how do you determine which option is right for you? Most gun owners will tell you that they own many carry options based on their daily activities. They will also tell you that many that they tried are stuffed in a drawer to one day be sold on eBay.com.

Curves of a woman’s body make it even more challenging to find the perfect concealed carry option depending on the firearms that she chooses for everyday carry. The options are limitless as women’s interest in firearms for self-defense and sport continues to soar.

Inside Waistband Holster

An inside the waistband holster is by far the most convenient for women on the move. There are numerous inside the waistband holsters available but when thinking about concealed carry, you want to choose a holster that is comfortable enough to wear all day. The Crossbreed Minituck is one of my favorites when used for appendix carry. No matter which brand you choose, make sure that the backing (the side that touches the body is flexible for maximum comfort.

Crossbreed MiniTuck® Concealed Carry Holster
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Belly Band

Belly Bands holsters are another great option for those who like to conceal carry close to the body. Belly Bands are practically invisible under the right garment and come in a variety of pricing options. Most belly bands have a place to house multiple handguns, extra magazines, a smartphone, flashlight, knife, and other personal items!

Gander Mountain sells the PS Products Belly Band Holster with 2 Magazine Pouches for a low $14.99, while Can Can Concealment has a fancier women’s only Hip Hugger style that retails for $79.99. The Can Can comes in three sizes, micro, classic, shebang,

Hip Hugger Classic Holster

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Corset Holster

The most beautiful and most popular corset holster for women is by far, the Dene Adams Brand. The Dene Adams corset holster comes with a universal trigger guard that secures your handgun firmly into place and works for those who are right or left handed and those whose prefer to carry in a cross draw position. The Dene Adams corset holster retails for $109 for the classic edition and $139 for the limited edition.

Midnight corset holster
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Garter Holster

Garter holsters are a perfect option for summer fun and Sundays. Both Femme Fatale and Can Can offer beautiful garter holsters that are perfect when you want to wear a dress or skirt. The Femme Fatale holster comes in a lace design while the Can Can garter holster comes in micro, classic, and shebang sizes.

Femme Fatale Garter Holster
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Can Can Classic Garter Holster
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Ankle Holster

Another great option for women is the Femme Fatale Ankle SoxXx holster.  The Femme Fatale Ankle SoxXx holster has a 5″ wide pocket that holds your handgun. The pocket is designed to hold a variety of handguns allowing your handgun to be positioned to the contour of your leg allowing for total concealment. There is a plastic shield that is hidden between the ankle and the handgun for added comfort.

Femme Fatale Ankle SoxXx
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Bike Shorts

UnderTech Undercover makes women’s Concealment Short Shorts.  The are perfect for wearing with skirts, jeans, and slacks when you don’t want to wear a belt. Dene Adams now make the body shaping Thigh Holster Shorts that smooth the tummy and conceals your handgun with a built-in trigger guard and a breakaway retention tab.

UnderTech Undercover Women's Concealment Short Shorts
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Body Shaping Thigh Holster Shorts
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Tank Shirt

UnderTech UnderCover Concealment tank is designed to carry the handgun close to the body. It has a holster pocket on the left and right side and is perfect for those that prefer to cross draw their handgun. You could also one pocket for extra magazines.

UnderTech Undercover Women's Concealment Tank Top
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No matter which option you choose, always make sure that your trigger guard is completely covered for maximum safety.

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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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!

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.