Concealed Carry Fashions- Can Gun Culture Accept its New Members?

By Rob Morse : Review

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Slow FactsUSA –-(  Who owns a gun today?  Women and minorities are the fastest growing segment of armed america.  These new gun owners are entering unfamiliar territory, and traditional gun owners can at least meet them halfway.  New gun owners have lots of questions about living an armed lifestyle.  My friend Amanda Suffecool has a suggestion.  Our local gun-group can produce a concealed carry fashion show.  This is why you should.

Do you want to attract more women and minorities to your club?  Do you want more young people at your events and fundraising activities?  Here is your opportunity to back up your words with actions.

Put on a concealed carry fashion show that looks like the audience you want rather than the audience you always have.

Concealed Carry Fashions- Can Gun Culture Accept its New Members?
Concealed Carry Fashions- Can Gun Culture Accept its New Members?

You might want young moms to carry and join your club.  Put them in the show.  You can attract 21-year-old college students and 61-year-old grandmothers the same way.  Put them on your show.

Do more than tell new gun owners that they are a welcome part of Armed America; show them.  “We look just like you.”

I’ve convinced some of you, but others might object that you already know how to do things the way you’ve always done them.  I understand.  No one will criticize you if you serve the same old overcooked chicken and green beans at your annual banquet and fundraiser again this year.  That is an easy decision that meets expectations.  The problem with doing what you’ve always done is that you’ll get the results you’ve always gotten.  Why settle for that?  In this case, it is easy to try something different.  Amanda Suffecool and Elayne Cross wrote the book about producing your own concealed carry fashion show.  (You can get it from Amazon.)

Your Guide to Produce a Concealed Carry Fashion Show; by Amanda Suffecool and Elayne J. Cross
Your Guide to Produce a Concealed Carry Fashion Show; by Amanda Suffecool and Elayne J. Cross

Amanda is a shooter, and she wrote the book with us in mind.  This nuts-and-bolts how-to manual, identifies the people, positions, tasks and decisions you need to make your event a success.  Events like this have been done before.  We all can learn from their experience, the good and the bad.  You can plan for success and avoid unnecessary surprises.

There will be surprises.  For example, you were going to invite the local news media, weren’t you?  What will you do with the media that shows up uninvited?  That is one of many things for which you have to plan.

A concealed carry fashion show does more than demonstrate methods of concealed carry for men and women.  It can recruit new members into your club, and it can be entertainment for existing members.  The show can be a fundraising event for your organization.  You can showcase local vendors and promote their products.  A fashion show does that,  and something equally important as well.

A concealed carry fashion show communicates what responsible gun owners in your community look like.  You get to make that statement rather than accept how gun owners are portrayed in the media.

This book is more than a few notes that Amanda and Elayne scribbled down or a catalog of lists.  It is a 150 page book complete with illustrations and checklists.  They give us the dos-and-don’ts learned from producing several shows.  There is even a DVD available so we can see what other people have done and what we might want to borrow.  You can do it..and welcome all of armed america to your next event.


About Rob Morse
The original article is here.  Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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American Patriot

Well I think AMERICAN PATRIOT says it all! Of course I also think there nothing sexier then a woman with owb carry in the 3:30-4:00 position.


All: Tongues firmly planted in cheeks folks. Let’s not get too wound up.


Without the element of fear created by carrying a gun criminals would run wild. I want that fear in place. I carry so I am dangerous. The term gun culture creates an image in the minds of evildoers. Leave the term alone.

Edward Allen

@Wild Bill and John, Then come up with a phrase for them to use that will have a positive light.
How about – Firearms enthusiast, or freedom lovers? People of the Gun?
You both indicate that “gun culture” is negative. Be productive and start coming up with positives.

Wild Bill

Allen, I like to use “The Family of Responsible Gun Owners” in my lectures to new shooters.


Gun culture is bad name to give to people who enjoy the shooting sports. So because I work in the technology field for a fashion company am I in the tech culture or fashion culture? Or perhaps because I own a couple of cats I’m one of those crazy cat people? My point is to be careful of labels that put groups of people in a negative light. You can roll your eyes which I’m sure you’re doing, but labels with negative connotations do not do any group justice. Thank you, but I’ll enjoy my guns without being part of… Read more »

Wild Bill

Morse, “Can gun culture accept its new members?” you ask. Well… if they are members, then they have already been accepted. By the way, what is a gun culture? Gun culture is a phrase made up by the enemies of freedom for the purpose of vilifying a subset of the population. Those enemies of freedom are still using the propaganda phrase in an attempt to get their way, politically.