My purse, the 2nd most important thing I carry (besides my gun)

I have always been cautious about the location of my purse. I learned that lesson early on. I left my first purse in a bathroom stall at a restaurant as a small child and it had $40 in birthday money cleverly tucked inside a flap on my glasses case inside of it. I didn’t have a wallet, phone or anything else awesome in there; just kid stuff. But I’ll never forget leaving behind my purse and my $40. Ever since then, I’ve taken carrying a purse seriously. Knowing I’m a forgetful person and that I’ll set it down and leave it if I’m not careful, I’ve since selected purses that are harder to lose. Backpack purses, purses with straps long enough to be worn like messenger bags are worn; I’ve even skipped a purse and have carried a wallet instead as it stays in my pants where it belongs when I am shopping and can’t be set down to pick up something sparkly at a store. The concern I’ve had about my purse, weather guarding it from thieves or from my forgetful self has escalated recently though.

Ever since I trained for, applied for and received my concealed carry weapons permit, I’ve been even more mindful of my purse. This is because my concealed carry weapons permit is inside of it. If I lose my purse or if it is stolen from me, not only am I out money, as I was out $40 as a child, I am also out of my permit. A replacement concealed carry permit isn’t very much money, but the gun-naked downtime of not being able to carry a firearm concealed on my person as I await the arrival of my new permit is just too much to bear.

Additionally, my mind has been processing panic situations. What if my purse is stolen from me or lost and I am concealed carrying at the time? Do I take off my gun, knowing that concealed carry without my permit no es muy bueno? Or do I continue to conceal carry until I can get home and change? Being in Nevada, open carry is legal, but what if the outfit or holster I am wearing that day doesn’t work with open carry? Or what if I am in a situation where I don’t feel comfortable open carrying? How would I switch from concealed to open carry without causing those around me to be uncomfortable? Even changing in my car could get me “(wo)man with a gunned.”

GB and I talked about it and he suggested that I conceal carry straight home and if a cop pulls me over, I can explain to him my stolen purse as the reason why I not only don’t have my driver’s license but also my concealed carry license. That sounds a little scary to me. I decided I can switch from concealed carry to open carry in a nearby restroom or dressing room without causing a ruckus. From there, I can continue my outing or head on home depending on the open carry friendliness levels of my prospective destinations.

Concealed carrying causes lots of thoughts to run through my head… my outfits, my destinations, the people around me and now my purse. Carrying a gun has changed nearly every aspect of my life.

6 Comments

  • WC Green says:

    Maybe your concealed carry permit should be with your holster. When I started carrying, I moved my IDs and credit cards to a small wallet that went into my pocket (granted, I wear jeans most days.)

    How about a pouch worn under your shirt if you don’t have pockets?

    • girlsloveguns says:

      I’m scared of putting my permit too close to my gun because I don’t want any misunderstandings with the police. I’ve thought about moving to a wallet, but I’m not sure I could get along without all of the “crap” I carry in my purse. I’ve got my medications, chap stick and lip gloss, my phone and my Nook, etc. I fail as a minimalist. 🙂

      I’ve thought about one of those necklace pouches for tourists, but they don’t look comfortable to me. I’ll have to think more on that.

  • Jenny says:

    I think every gal who carries has this thought at some point or another. My solution to it was just carry my ccw permit in the velcro slot on my belly band if I’m wearing that, or in a pocket if I’m wearing an IWB holster or in any other number of on body options most of us would carry an id or money in a club/concert situation (in bra, in shoe, in sock, etc.) Even though its a misdemeanor to carry without ID, I think if you filed a police report for a stolen purse and it was made note in the report, you would have a piece of paper stating your case to put the “getting home” fears aside. I’d open carry till I got my replacement. I guess it’s nice that NV gives us options 🙂

    • girlsloveguns says:

      What would you do if a police officer asked to see your CCW permit and it was near you gun, like in your belly band? Would you have him get it out for you? I’d be scared of contributing to a misunderstanding by reaching for anything in the neighborhood of my gun.

      I think you’re right about the police report thing. That should placate the cop. I hope. haha.

      I too am glad Nevada is an open carry state. GB has his concealed handgun licence in his home state of Texas, but it’s not honored here. He just open carries instead. We haven’t open carried into our Walmart though; we’re thinking people there might still be a bit shook up. What do you think?

  • snoopycomputer says:

    I would suggest:
    1) keep the permit in your purse, you don’t want to be asked by an officer for your permit and immediately have to reach for your gun(holster) to get it out.
    2) If you become separated from your permit, either carry open depending upon circumstances, otherwise keep it concealed and head home. Don’t carry concealed until you get a duplicate. If you are stopped by law enforcement, explain the situation. You are backed up by Nevada NRS:
    http://www.leg.state.nv.us/NRS/NRS-202.html#NRS202Sec3667
    “NRS 202.3667 Permittee to carry permit and proper identification when in possession of concealed firearm; penalty.
    1. Each permittee shall carry the permit, or a duplicate issued pursuant to the provisions of NRS 202.367, together with proper identification whenever the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed firearm. Both the permit and proper identification must be presented if requested by a peace officer.
    2. A permittee who violates the provisions of this section is subject to a civil penalty of $25 for each violation.”

    • girlsloveguns says:

      1) I agree with you on that point!
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