As more women apply for, and get, concealed carry permits, they worry about the safety of their kids. This only makes sense. No mother or caregiver wants a child to be harmed by a firearm. This concern has caused many holster manufacturers to design safer carry methods for women. Follow the holster carry tips below for safe carry of a firearm.
If you prefer to carry your weapon in a holster, make sure that you check the holster’s retention and trigger safety features before you buy. Many women have gone with the molded Kydex concealed carry holster or something similar. This type of rigid holster completely covers the trigger guard but also provides for superior retention (the weapon will not fall out of it).
For parents that carry (especially mothers), trigger guard security is crucial. A covered trigger guard prevents accidental discharges while taking the weapon out of the holster. Also, it prevents a child from accidentally pulling the trigger if they are climbing all over you—a common occurrence for some active kids.
No one, including your kids, needs to have access to your weapon while you are carrying it other than you. This is where retention systems come into play. They prevent anyone from getting your weapon without first activating the retention feature.
Some systems use push buttons to release the weapon from the holster. Others types use special molds to keep the weapon secure. When your holster has a superior retention system, you can feel free to play as hard as you want with your kids without having to worry about the weapon falling out or little fingers pulling it out of the holster.
Bag or Purse Carry:
It should be noted right up front that most firearm experts NEVER recommend carrying a loose firearm in a bag or purse. This can lead to all kinds of problems including accidental discharges. The better, and safer, option is to shop for a purse or bag that has been designed with a safe, functional holster incorporated into it. In addition, any time you are not in possession of your loose firearm in a purse or bag, someone else (like your child) can rummage in the bag and get hold of the weapon.
A good concealed carry bag will be equipped with a holster that can retain the weapon securely and will also provide for some form of trigger guard. Better quality bags will allow for fast access as well should you need to remove the weapon. Keep in mind, however, these are not child proof. A curious child, with enough time, may be able to get to the weapon.
Women today have options for their concealed weapons; invest some time in finding the option that will best fit your needs. This is time well spent.
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