Demand soars for concealed carry permits, data shows

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Shannon Watts hardest hit.

From Fox News:  The number of concealed carry permits in the United States has topped 15 million over the last year, according to data collected by the Crime Prevention Research Center.

That’s the largest one-year increase ever in the number of permits issued, according to the research center. In July 2016, the center reported that 14.5 million people had concealed handgun permits. As of May of this year, the number is already 15.7 million.

John Lott, founder of the group and a Fox News columnist, said several states, including Arizona, Florida, Michigan and Texas, have seen a big jump in the number of gun permits issued. There are several reasons for the increase – most notably, a rise in women and minorities seeking to purchase handguns, Lott said.

“I think you’re continuing to see a change in the composition of people who go and get permits,” Lott said. “Women are growing at a much faster rate than men.”

Between 2012 and 2016, Lott said, the growth rate for women was twice as much as it was for men. He also said minorities are purchasing handguns at a higher rate compared to previous years.

Firearms instructors are reporting an increase in the number of black women learning how to use guns around the country, as noted in an earlier Fox News report. Gun instructors who teach self-defense courses say more women are looking toward guns to protect themselves against crime.

In a May 10 statement to Fox News, NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said women are the fastest growing segment of firearms buyers in the country. “The NRA is a natural home for women firearms owners,” Mortensen said. “Increasingly, women today don’t want to rely on a spouse or neighbor for protection. They want to be able to protect themselves and their families.

The Crime Prevention Research Center – a nonprofit, gun advocacy research group – releases an annual report each July documenting firearm statistics by citing numbers provided by state agencies. The center’s official report for 2017 is due in July but Lott said data already collected shows a significant increase in permits in a number of states.

Arizona had 272,622 such permits in 2016 and 315,107 as of May 2017. Florida had 1,581,742 last year compared to 1,755,580 as of April 30.

Lott noted other factors contributing to an increase in permits. “You’re seeing states making it easier for people to go and get permits,” he said.

In contrast, states like California and New York have among the toughest requirements for permits in the nation. 

In Sacramento County, as of December 2016, residents are “required to pay $220 in application fees, pass a state criminal background check, take a 16-hour training course and have approval of the sheriff’s department by having ‘good moral character’ and a good reason to have CCW,” according to the center.


12 responses to “Demand soars for concealed carry permits, data shows

  1. That’s why it’s so stupid of the radical Left to talk and perpetrate violence against patriots. They have no idea what patriots will do, when push comes to shove.

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  2. It is misleading to say states are making it easier to obtain permits.
    They are not lowering the requirements, which is what that statement implies, but perhaps updating the application processing.

    Don’t make it sound like the states are enabling a lot of people who are not entitled under law, to obtain a permit.
    The government would rather ban all guns.

    IMO both Virginia and Florida do a pretty adequate job vetting applicants.

    And I’m a proponent of states having reciprocal agreements, although I keep wondering about how California handles permitting, they’re such idiots.

    Also bear in mind, there is a subculture in this country who don’t care about laws, and do whatever they want, whenever they want.

    That subculture is an important motivator for many people to obtain a gun for personal defense.

    The TV never misses an opportunity to report on when someone leaves a loaded gun laying around and a kid gets a hold of it. Our kids watch so much violence on TV and the media, they do not comprehend the dangers or consequences. Then they grow up, and join the subculture mentioned above.

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  3. Kevin J Lankford

    As Absurd and unConstitutional as carry permits are, perhaps it can lead to some thing practical in the end. The more people accepting this infringement on an absolute Constitutional right and actually applying for this abusive permitting, the less those who stand on their Constitutional right alone will be unConstitutionally threatened for exercising our God given right of self-defense.

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  4. Many in California just carry WITHOUT permits (gasp!). In the early 90s, before it was a felony and when I was truly proficient handling my Colt Mustang, I carried every day. What do you know: I never shot anyone, either accidentally or on purpose. Imagine that! 😏

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  5. Constitutional Carry!!!

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  6. There is, of course, the fear that the increase of women carrying concealed guns are doing so out of an irrational fear that, according to the lying media, nearly all of them will be raped at some point in their lives (especially while they attend college, according to the media).
    While those fake stats are now being brought into the light of day as fear mongering by leftist feminists, some women may end up shooting the first guy who walks up to them to lend assistance with their car, or perhaps to ask directions in an unfamiliar neighborhood… then claim he was attempting a sexual assault.


  7. Bet there is a spike in applications and AK sales after Manchester.
    The government refuses to protect the public.
    Here or in Europe.

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  8. W.R. Chandler

    I live in Sacramento County. It is actually a lot easier to obtain a permit in Sacramento County than just a few years ago. Our County Sheriff, Scott Jones, made it clear upon taking office that he was going to effectively make Sacto County a “shall issue” county. We still have to jump through all the state-mandated hoops, but once that is successfully accomplished, the chances are slim that Sheriff Jones and his underlings will turn you down for your permit. Right next door to Sacramento County is Yolo County, and good luck getting a CCW from the Sheriff there. Same goes for most of the counties of the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. North of Sacramento, the counties there are essentially shall-issue. That is the whole problem with California’s permit issuance system. If you live in a “shall-issue” county, you can then carry in any county or city in California. If you live in a county where you will never be able to get a permit, you cannot carry, even if you are traveling through one of our “shall-issue” counties. Coincidentally, I am scheduled to take my 16-hour CCW course on June 5-6. It pains me to even jump through these hoops, but I want to be able to legally carry locally. The irony is that I have an Arizona CCW that obtained through the mail that enables me to carry in over half the states of this country, yet I currently cannot legally carry in my own home state. Utter madness.


  9. Hopefully women and especially minorities won’t continue voting for the politicians who oppose their right to carry the means of self defense. Example: Hillary Clinton asserted, “guns don’t make us safer”, yet is surrounded at all times by hired guns. She and other supposed “liberals” say they are “pro choice”, yet oppose “a woman’s right to choose” to carry the means to protect her own body against the robber, the rapist or the murderer everywhere she goes. What utter hypocrisy and disdain of another’s basic human right!!

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