Legislation & Lobbying
As More States Enact Concealed Carry Laws, Clothing Lines Offer Special Gun Pockets
Posted Apr 24, 2012 7:30 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Clothing companies see a new market stemming from the roughly 7 million people who have permits to carry concealed weapons.
New state laws have swelled the ranks of those with such permits, the New York Times reports. Thirty-seven states now require issuance of concealed carry permits if applicants meet the requirements, while a handful of others permit people to carry concealed guns without a permit. Illinois is the only state that still bans concealed handguns, but lawmakers there are considering a change.
Now the fashionable gun owner can choose from chino pants with an additional handgun pocket, shirts with Velcro slits that make it easy to reach a gun held in a waistband holster, and vests with a hidden compartment allowing wearers to grip their holstered guns.