Donna Anthony teaches a firearms class last month.

Gun Tote’n Mamas, the leading provider of women’s protection solutions, is sponsoring two special classes taught by renowned firearms and Alaska Native Donna Anthony, owner of Point Blank Firearms Academy. The course will be held at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Anchorage, May 4-5.

 Titled “Purse – Bag – Sling: How to Use Your Conceal Carry,” the free course will provide an opportunity to train with Anthony for three hours on how to properly handle, draw and holster a gun from a concealed carry purse. Featuring Gun Tote’n Mamas bags available at Sportsman’s Warehouse. No experience is needed for this course.

According to a notice for the event, Sportsman’s Warehouse said it “recognizes the critical need for this course,” let by an industry expert.

Anthony brings an impressive array of 35 professional certifications including SWAT, NRA, Active Shooter, USCCA and vehicle assault Off Body Concealed Carry Instructor. She will focus on teaching both the five-step and three-step presentation of drawing from a purse. Participants will have the opportunity to respond to real-life situations, ensuring a hands-on and practical learning experience.

“If you’re going to carry in a purse, you need to know two things: how to safely draw it without muzzling yourself, and since it will take a little bit of time to make the draw, you need to have situational awareness,” Anthony said of the course. “It also depends on the style and quality of the purse you have, because you can have a three-step or a five-step draw. The quality of your holster purse system cannot be underestimated or ever taken for granted.”

Donna Anthony is currently the Chief of Police for a department in Alaska and has over 20 years of law enforcement experience. During her time as an officer, she was a Field Training Officer (FTO) and an investigator assigned to the Alaska State Trooper Statewide Drug Task Force Unit. She served as a case officer in several State and Federal cases. She has also worked throughout Alaska with many law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Marshals, DEA, ATF and FBI. Anthony is an expert witness, member of ILEETA and a guest speaker for the past six years at the USCCA Expo Conference. Anthony is also a recipient of the life-saving Award for Valor.

The upcoming course will be offered on both May 4 and May 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Anchorage (8681 Old Seward Hwy). To register for the class or for more information, please visit

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Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Neil DeWitt says:

    I’m glad to see this. Women need a way in today’s world to defend themselves. Also this will teach gun safety. With more courses like this we can cut down on gun violence and people ACCIDENTLY being shot! I for one think gun safety needs to be taught at school and at a young age. Teach a child correctly from the start it stays with them their entire life.

  • Reggie Taylor says:

    When men shoot a scumbag, the lawyer class wring him through their system. Women will get free passes. We’ve put our women in front line military positions. The system is screaming for a female POTUS. If you fine folks think this is good stuff, you haven’t been thinking hard on it. Making killers out of our nuturers because we refuse to build prisons or gallows for our criminals is yet another really foolish idea. I hate to put myself forward as some sort of prophet, but I’m seeing stormy seas ahead………….

    • Bess says:

      Reggie, learning how to defend yourself with a handgun does not make you a killer. Most nurturers, aka mother bears, are physically weaker then men and need a way to level the playing field. Knowing how to handle a gun gives us a measure of security, but one we hope we’ll never have to use.

      • Reggie Taylor says:

        Agreed on all points except the definition if a “killer”. If you kill, you’re @ killer. Even if justified, it will follow you……..forever. Yet again, government’s primary (and I mean that as #1 responsibility) isthe safety and protection of the citizenry. Revolving door “justice” is a HUGE violation of that responsibility, and it shirks it to us. It is completely out of control. My wife doesn’t want to be a “gun toting mama”, and I don’t want her to be responsible to securely maintain a gun if she expects (and deserves) protection by those responsible to provide it. She can’t even find her phone, keys, and purse when she needs to leave the house. A gun? Forget it.

  • Diana says:

    Thank you for “watching out” for women. Safety is a plus in great and good training.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Gun Tote’n Mamas
    You go girl, we all have the right to carry and protect ourselves, family and others in need.

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  • Johnny says:

    I love this country!

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Donna Anthony is an excellent instructor and well worth the money spent to take a course or two from her.