For me it's much more convenient to carry a holstered gun on my person, where it's always under my immediate control. Your wife's mileage may vary.
few women keep their purses literally on their laps the entire time they are visiting friends, even friends with children. Most women toss their purses casually over the back of their chairs in a restaurant (with the attendant risk of walking away without it). We shove our purses underneath our desks when we get to work, and donít think about them again all day. We plunk our purses into the shopping cart in the grocery store, then turn away to pick out tomatoes. But it literally only takes a split second for a purse-snatcher to do his thing ó and even less than that for a child or grandchild to get into your purse when mommyís not watching as carefully as she ought. There is literally no safe place to set a gun purse down if it is not locked up.