FORT WORTH, Texas — Nikkita Gordon was walking home after her shift at a Waffle House in Carrollton, Georgia when she realized a man who had been watching her inside the restaurant for several hours was now following her across the parking lot.
“He said, ‘I’m going to walk you home,’ and I said, ‘I’ve got nothing on me.’ All I had was a jacket,” Gordon told me, as she explained the design behind her patented gun holster and its ability to be sewn into the inner lining of any garment. Before meeting the Waffle House stranger, Gordon had never held any firearm. She would later discover that he was a registered sexual offender. Now she’s the founder and CEO of Cute & Cocky Firearm Accessories and Apparel.
Gordon, 26, was just one of the countless women attending this weekend’s Conceal Carry and Home Defense Expo, hosted by the U.S. Concealed Carry Organization (USCCA). This expo was not the stereotypical white male gun show crowd. There were token vendors that targeted women. The diversity was driven by the attendees this time, and not event organizers.
While sitting in seminars, moms carried baby carriers around and breastfed their infants. Grandmothers carried strollers around with them.