Self-defense expert Chris Wright-Martell, who is the owner and head instructor of the Modern Self-Defense Center in Middletown, Conn., said that if disguising weapons as female accessories encourages women to protect themselves, he's supportive.
"Women have the innate hesitant to want to hurt someone even if it's clearly a situation when its justified, so it can be tough to get people used to the idea of standing up for themselves," Wright-Martell said. "And this could help -- anything that makes people more comfortable with the idea of protection is a good one in my book."
Kathy Olvesky, a self-defense expert based in North Carolina, said she doesn't see the point of disguising weapons, just as long as you have one on you that you know how to operate.
"If you disguise a weapon, the odds of having it in your hands is slim, it does no good in your purse," she said. If you have Mace or a key chain you should carry in your hand where it's visible so you're less likely to become a victim."