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Ladies Locked and Loaded: How do I conceal my weapon?

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FOX 32 News continues its in-depth look at one of the hot issues Illinois faces currently – the issue of concealed carry. This year, the state joined the rest of the union and legalized the practice.

An overwhelming number of women said on the FOX Chicago News Facebook page that they plan to carry a loaded gun as soon as the state begins accepting applications.

Buying a gun is a very personal decision, and one that should not be made in haste.

SEE: Should you buy a gun for protection? FOX 32 takes an in-depth look

While FOX 32 is not saying that every Illinois resident should go out and buy a gun, making that informed decision is very important. We want to arm you with as much information as possible, as you consider this choice for yourself: Should you buy a gun for protection, now that concealed carry is legal in Illinois?

SEE: Ladies Locked and Loaded: What type of gun is right for me?

FOX 32's Anita Padilla explored the issue that ladies who plan to be locked and loaded face challenges that men do not. Where do you hide that bulky thing if you are a woman?

Thousands of women are already packing heat, and gun makers are making millions of dollars off them. From flashy pink cases to pink guns, from pink camo to the discreetly concealed loaded gun, there are plenty of options to choose from.

A flashbang holster lies hidden underneath a woman's blouse. In less than two seconds, the armed woman can stop a threat. The pistol packing mama purse is also an option, as well as thigh and bra holsters.

"We tend to wear lines that are a little slimmer than a big bulky weapon. It's not that easy for women," trained officer and firearms instructor Karen Bartuche said. "Whatever option you choose, [it's important] that you are able to function the moment you need it."

Bartuche of Alpha Girls said if you are a woman who plans to carry and conceal, you need to train, train and train some more.

That's what FOX 32's Facebook friend Lisa Dattoo is doing. This home health care travel nurse has been victimized before. She knows simple target practice is nothing like the real thing.

"I've been in that situation twice," Datoo said. "I wouldn't think twice."

Bartuche teaches civilians that most importantly, if you are locked and loaded, you better be able to get to it.

"The biggest thing for me is that you are proficient and you are going use it," Bartuche said. "It's no good if you don't bring it with you."

Along these same lines and in light of recent school shootings that have rocked the nation, many parents are asking how they can help ensure their child's safety at school.

Tim Norton, president of Norhurst Tactical, is a prior US Army Special Forces commander whose team developed the School Hazards Emergency Lethal Threat Response (SHELTR) program. It's a completely weaponless school security system that is an alternative to arming school officials.

Norton joined Good Day Chicago to explain how the program works and the resources parents and schools can take advantage of if they're looking for a better way to keep students safe.

For more information, visit SHELTR's website.

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