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Fashionable Firearms: Roswell woman develops line of purses to carry concealed weapons

March 11, 2013
ROSWELL, Ga. — Leslie Deets saw a need for a line of high-end concealed carry handbags.

She has filled that need with her company — Concealed Carrie.

Deets is the owner and designer of her own handbag company. She is also a partner along with her husband and her father at SharpShooters USA, an indoor tactical shooting range located in Roswell.

"I decided to take classes to become more familiar with the guns we sell, and during those classes I realized the options available for a woman to carry a concealed weapon were neither efficient nor attractive," Deets said.

Deets took her architecturally trained mind and combined it with her fashion sense to develop designer-style handbags with specific pockets to hold concealed weapons.

Leslie Deets, co-owner of SharpShooters in Roswell, created Concealed Carrie handbags as a stylish option for women. DEVON MORGAN/PhotoSynthesis Studio. (click for larger version)
"I wanted to create something feminine, something pretty," she said. "Women were coming in to the class with guns strapped to them and that's uncomfortable."

In November 2012, the purse designer opened Concealed Carrie, and she's surprised at its instant success.

Since opening, the company has sold about 400 bags. Some of the styles include all-leather ostrich print, smooth rich computer carry-all, leather crocodile printed hobo, smooth leather totes and distressed brown leather satchel. Prices vary from $249 to $299.

"Right now, we have over three dozen dealers across the country, some stores and some e-commerce companies," she said.

Deets believes part of the company's success is due to the recent attention to gun control. "The current debate certainly hasn't hurt us," Deets said. "We don't have a store, but we do sell many purses off our website."

Based on the positive reception, Deets is currently developing active wear and jackets for times when a woman wants to carry protection, but not a purse.

Defense attorney Lana Cavassa shows the features of the side pocket on a Concealed Carrie handbag. Cavassa bought a gun after she was stalked in 1993. DEVON MORGAN/PhotoSynthesis Studio. (click for larger version)
"Straps are designed for men, and don't fit right on a woman's body," she said. "I'm working on a few different lines that are attractive and will allow women easy access to their weapon, if necessary."

A runner, Deets believes her coming athletic line will be popular.

"Women can't easily grab a gun at their ankle," she said, "and the way a pocket rests on a woman's chest doesn't allow for a gun."

The bags are designed with seasons in mind, and Deets plans to add additional styles.

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    concerning fashionable firearms...
    March 14, 2013 | 01:57 PM

    Ever heard of Martin Luther King? Ghandi? Jesus? Look em up. And then reconsider making violence fashionable. I know I'm supposed to be "respectful" and "nice" but we're talking about guns here and I'd rather be thought provoking than nice. Guns and violence only create fear and there is no fear in love. We live in a society that lives and breathes fear. We fear terrorists from other countries and now we fear our neighbor. Is this the kind of world you want to live in? Where you feel like you need to carry a gun with you to Macy's just to buy a bottle of perfume? If you want a taste of what that might be like, I suggest listening to the episode of This American Life on Harper High School in south Chicago. 29 of their students were shot last year. Students can't even walk home without fear of being gunned down. Maybe I've taken this a little too far but I think it's important to challenge ideas and beliefs and, perhaps, offer a different perspective to this middle/upper class "privileged" (not everyone would define privileged as having the means to buy a gun purse) community.

    Deanna Perlman
    Johns Creek
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    reply to Deanna
    March 25, 2013 | 03:34 PM

    Deanna, you said it all right there, students in Chicago can't walk home without fear of being shot, you do realise Chicago is a hell hole? Thugs and criminals will not give up their guns, so law abiding citizens need to have a way to defend theirselves, your holy attitude won't make criminals give up their guns.

    Eric Green
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    Just Wow
    March 29, 2013 | 10:04 AM

    To say that Concealed Carrie is making "violence fashionable" is one of the most ignorant statements that I have ever heard. A rational and logical person would not see this article or the company as promoting "fear" but promoting safety. To me, this product line is helping their customers protect themselves and allows them to exercise their 2nd amendment rights. If you took one minute to check out their website, you would see that they promote gun safety. I'm sure that as one of the co owners of Sharpshooters, Leslie Deets considers gun safety a major part of their product line.

    To reference Chicago is a terrible analogy. Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. To Eric's point, no law is going to make a criminal give up their weapon.

    I'm sure that you read the article about the young man who was shot in the head in Milton a few weeks ago over some gold chains. This could happen to anyone even in a relatively low crime area. These thugs/criminals/animals are everywhere and could strike at any is important that people are able to protect themselves.

    Alpharetta Resident
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    Could Not Have Happened in Chicago
    April 03, 2013 | 10:49 PM

    This could not have happened in Chicago because of the extremely strict gun city laws, and strict gun control laws of Illinois. The strong prey upon the weak, but a gun in the purse levels the field. And those kids walking home might not have to fear if the law abiding adults around them carried weapons. Resist evil and it will flee. An unarmed woman can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.

    Michigan Resident
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