If you’re going to carry a firearm in a purse, you’re going to want one that’s designed to carry a firearm. First, you need a purse that fits your firearm. Well-designed purses will have a separate compartment for the firearm, with a holster and adjustable straps to keep it in place, yet easy to remove.

Now, there is a serious drawback to using a concealed carry purse that every woman should be aware of: you can be separated from it. Unlike on-body carry, if you don’t have your purse with you, you don’t have your firearm. So if you leave it in the car to run a quick errand, or walk away from it while it’s in the shopping cart and someone snags it, then you don’t have your protection when you need it.

When you use a concealed carry purse, be sure you always have a hand on it.

Another thing you need to know is that when referring to a concealed weapon, firearms aren’t the only option. Depending on the statutes that apply to that state/county/city, a “weapon” can refer to pocket knives, brass knuckles, bottles of pepper spray above a certain volume, and much more. So, keep this in mind the next time you decide to carry your pocket knife on you.


Lawful concealed carry of a personal firearm is subject to legislation at both the State and Federal level. Any person concealing a firearm without the license or lawful right to do so subjects themselves to the appropriate legal repercussions.