There is a lesson to be learned from this Idaho tragedy...
Yesterday a 29-year old Idaho woman was accidentially shot by her 2-year old son while shopping. The loaded handgun was taken from her purse and the young son was able to pull the trigger and fatally wound his mother. New information reveals that her purse was a special concealed carry purse with a separate compartment for the handgun. The victim had a concealed carry permit. It has not been determined how a 2-year old could unzip the compartment, get the handgun out, take off the safety and aim the handgun.
There's a lesson here: When you carry your concealed handgun it is best to have it secured ON YOUR PERSON in a high-quality holster. With children around, this is essential. The concealed carry handgun should be just that: CONCEALED on your person. A high-quality holster secures the handgun close to your side, chest, ankle or back and cannot be accessed by anyone. A high-quality holster insures the handgun will not fall out. Some holsters have safety devices that do not allow a perp to yank the handgun from its holster. Never use an economy nylon $10 "holster" for concealed carry.
The worst places to carry are a purse or on the floor of your vehicle. I hear of many persons with children keeping the concealed carry weapon in their vehicle's console. Bad... Many times one must quickly exit the car and a child or FRIENDS of the child could access the loaded firearm.
The purse is especially a bad place like the recent case above, but think about it: If a purse snatcher makes a grab, they also have a loaded firearm for free! And the lady is defenseless. The criminal could come back and use the firearm on them... A purse is a horrible place for a loaded handgun - by design a purse can spill its contents, it has a non-locking clasp and can be "left behind" easily. Think about it: Hands are constantly in the purse rummaging around for keys or other articles and could press the trigger (even with a "special" compartment). VERY DANGEROUS.
If you live in a home with young children, you MUST know where that concealed carry handgun is at all times. Leaving it in a purse or in a holster on the kitchen counter is asking for trouble. Invest in a "quick safe" and put the handgun in it once you are home.
It is a good idea to not only regularly practice with your concealed carry handgun, but review the lessons of the concealed carry course. I also like to see people take "refresher" courses in concealed carry where the basic principles are reinforced.
- Scott Weber