National Public Radio recently reported on “firearms fashion accessories,” a growing line of items used by women to conceal the guns they are carrying.
Lauren Silverman interviewed Carrie Lightfoot, the CEO of The Well-Armed Woman, which sells purses, waistband holsters, concealment leggings and “lace belly bands,” all used by women to conceal guns. Lightfoot's business is up 130 percent since last summer.
"Most concealed- and open-carry holsters are made for men," Lightfoot told NPR. “For example, a 32A bust could not conceal a Glock 19 very well — nor would a 42DD or a larger tummy allow for effective cross-draw carry.”
A 2015 report from the National Sporting Goods Association called women "the fastest rising segment in shooting sports." According to the National Sporting Goods Association, female engagement in target shooting grew 60 percent to 5.4 million participants between 2001 and 2013, and was up 85 percent for hunting to 3.3 million participants during that same period.
Another woman interviewed in the story is Kate Woolstenhulme, who runs designerconcealedcarry.com in Plano, Texas. She introduced her first line of concealed-carry bags in 2009, after failing to track down a handbag that was both safe and fashionable for her 9 mm Beretta Nano handgun.
"I was interested in making something that really functioned and yet still making sure that it looked as if that woman had walked into Nordstrom's or Neiman's or Marshalls or whatever they shop at," Woolstenhulme said.