Speaking from experience...(law enforcement) We don't carry guns in purses. That is not very tactical. It's most likely for concealing drugs or illegal weapons. Hidden compartments are very popular on jeans, purses, shoes and hats.
Badgegirl, while searching a while back for an organizer handbag, somehow I came across several listings on the 'bay for an organizer bag that also provided a place to carry a gun. It stuck with me so I just thought ... ya know. Was in law enforcement but not streetside, so never carried.