Bright lights, attractive models strutting their stuff, some serious swagger combined with a “don’t mess with me” attitude, and adrenaline-inducing music that rumbled the runway. Does that sound like a gun show?
Well, actually it was. Last week I returned from the second annual United States Concealed Carry Association Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. Yes, there were educational sessions, an exhibit hall stuffed with vendors and products, and a few thousand attendees who were most likely packing guns. There was also a fashion show. This one wasn't your typical Milan or New York Fashion Week event, mainly because most of the models drew guns on the audience. I don't think that happens at the New York events (but then again I've never been to one, so who knows?).
As you might have guessed by now, the point of this particular fashion show was to show off a wide variety of ways that law-abiding citizens can safely carry a concealed gun. A slew of professional models got some basic training in gun safety and draw techniques, then donned a pile of gear and specialized clothing before heading down the runway.
In order to be completely safe and allow risk-free demonstration of the gear, only blue guns were used. If you’re not familiar with them, blue guns are solid plastic or rubber “guns” that have no moving parts and certainly can’t fire anything. They’re handy for training. And fashion shows. I’m guessing the inventors of blue guns never thought of that use for their product.
Here’s a look at some of the highlights of women’s concealed carry products: