A woman making an adjustment to her bra holster accidentally fired what proved to be a fatal shot. The bullet went through her eye and lodged in her head. The New Year’s Day tragedy occurred at a Lake Michigan home earlier this year. The accidental discharge of the handgun killed the licensed and experienced gun owner the following day.
Writes The Associated Press on Feb. 18, via ABC News: “Police say a 55-year-old southwestern Michigan woman who died after accidentally shooting herself in the head in January was adjusting a handgun in her bra holster at the time. The St. Joseph Public Safety Department is awaiting a full autopsy report in the death of Christina Bond, but Director Mark Clapp on Wednesday released details about the circumstances surrounding the Jan. 1 shooting.”
Clapp said Bond was “having trouble adjusting her bra holster, couldn’t get it to fit the way she wanted it to. She was looking down at it and accidentally discharged the weapon.”
Police responded to Bond’s home at 96 Upton Drive at 5:10 p.m. on Jan. 1 where they found her with a gunshot wound to her face. She was treated at Lakeland Hospital and then airlifted to Bronson Methodist Hospital but she died the following day. Patch.com carried a Facebook photo of Bond, whose Facebook page has since been taken down.
Bond’s obituary, published in the Herald-Palladium, said she joined the United States Navy out of high school, where she served as a military police officer for two years. Bond won the 2013 Miss Michigan Figure Overall Championship, and often spent her time ministering to inmates at the Berrien County jail. She was a “light to the world,” according to her write-up. Bond is survived by two adult sons and her fiancé, James Wicks.
According to GunsAmerica.com, a woman who wants to carry a firearm “has to navigate pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, and enough different types of tops… very few of them have the cut and support to hide a firearm.” One of the most popular bra holsters for women is the “FlashBang” holster, which clips a small firearm to the center underwire of most bras, facing the way a female would grab the gun from under her shirt. YouTube video on the way the bra holster works can be seen here.
The NRA’s online store sells the product, saying it has “revolutionized the way women conceal their firearms.” Tucked under the bra, the holster is “the definition of discreet… It keeps a tight grip on your firearm until you’re ready to draw.”