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GUNS/RLTD New Concealed Carry Report for 2019: 18.66 mil permit holders
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    New Concealed Carry Report for 2019: 18.66 mil permit holders

    New Concealed Carry Report For 2019: 18.66 Million Permit Holders Despite 16 Constitutional Carry States, Over 1.4 Million More Than Last Year

    2 OCT , 2019
    A copy of our newest report is available here. Copies of our annual reports from 2014 through 2018 are available here.

    Summary

    The number of concealed handgun permits has increased for the third year in a row. The figure now stands at over 18.66 million– a 304% increase since 2007. It’s also an 8% increase over the number of permits we counted a year ago in 2018. Unlike gun ownership surveys that may be affected by people’s unwillingness to answer personal questions, concealed handgun permit data is the only really “hard data” that we have. Sixteen states are missing from the data because people there don’t even need a permit to carry.

    Among the findings of our report:

    Last year, the number of permit holders continued to grow by about 1.4 million. Despite expectations that increases in permits were primarily driven by fears of Democratic presidencies, the growth has continued at a similar pace after the November 2016 election.
    7.3% of American adults have permits. Outside of the restrictive states of California and New York, about 8.75% of the adult population has a permit.
    In thirteen states, more than 10% of adults have permits, down from just fifteen last year. Arkansas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia fell below 10%, but they are now all Constitutional Carry states, meaning that people no longer need a permit to carry. South Carolina’s concealed carry rate has now risen to above 10%.
    Alabama has the highest concealed carry rate — 26.3%. Indiana is second with 17.9%, and South Dakota — another Constitutional Carry state — saw its percentage decline to 16.02%.
    Four states now have over 1 million permit holders: Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Florida is the first state to have over 2 million permits.
    Sixteen states have adopted constitutional carry, meaning that a permit is no longer required. Because of these constitutional carry states, the nationwide growth in permits does not paint a full picture of the overall increase in concealed carry. But some residents still choose to obtain permits so that they can carry in other states that have reciprocity agreements.
    In 2019, women made up 26.5% of permit holders in the 12 states that provide data by gender. Eight states had data from 2012 to 2019, and permit numbers grew 101% faster for women than for men.
    Three states that have detailed race and gender data for at least a decade show remarkably larger increases in permits for minorities compared to whites. In Texas, black females saw a 3.6 times greater percentage increase in permits than white males. North Carolina had black permits increase twice as fast as whites. In Oklahoma, the increase for American Indians was twice the rate for whites and for blacks it was 66% greater than for whites.
    From 2012 to 2018, in the four states that provide data by race over that time period, the number of black people with permits increased almost 20% faster than the number of whites with permits. Asians appear to be the group that has experienced the largest increase in permitted concealed carry, growing 29% faster than whites.
    Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding. In Florida and Texas, permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at one-sixth of the rate at which police officers are convicted.

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    The total population for the "restrictive states of California and New York, is 40 million, plus 20 million or 60 million. It means that out of 330 million Americans 20 plus percent can't have CCW permits.
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    All the hand-wringing predictions of "wild west" horror stories have failed to materialize. Responsible people act like responsible people. Idiots don't. Laws or lack thereof will never change that fact.
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    I would have expected Georgia to have a higher percentage. Then again, you can carry in your car without one and a lot of people do carry in their car.

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    This in no way can cover how many now Constitutional Carry (conceal carry) in states where it's allowed.

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    As the article said, there's not really a correlation between permits and gun ownership. Look at Alaska on that map -- 2% -5% of the people have concealed carry permits. But nearly everyone in Alaska owns at least one gun and most gun owners own more than one gun. Some, like my uncle and cousins, own many guns each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Publius View Post
    This in no way can cover how many now Constitutional Carry (conceal carry) in states where it's allowed.
    Would that not be 100% or at least the number of gun owners?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freeholder View Post
    As the article said, there's not really a correlation between permits and gun ownership. Look at Alaska on that map -- 2% -5% of the people have concealed carry permits. But nearly everyone in Alaska owns at least one gun and most gun owners own more than one gun. Some, like my uncle and cousins, own many guns each.

    Kathleen
    It has been reported often that you are in the top 3% of gun owners if you own 8 or more guns.

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    This is a big part of the reason why the Deep State is going after semi automatic rifles (ludicrously called "assault rifles" by much of the media) instead of handguns. Going after handguns is political suicide because of the large number of people in this country who have concealed carry permits and the growing number of people who are exercising their Second Amendment rights via Constitutional Carry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer Doug View Post
    The total population for the "restrictive states of California and New York, is 40 million, plus 20 million or 60 million. It means that out of 330 million Americans 20 plus percent can't have CCW permits.
    Dunno about California, but here in UPSTATE NY (meaning all counties that don't include NY city) it's *relatively* simple to get a CCW. We got ours shortly before the 2016 elections, and it took a couple of months, solely because of the HUGE backlog (our local small rural county sheriff's office had over 100 people signed up on their list before 10 am the day we went in, and they said it had been that way for weeks) of applicants.

    Of course, we're about as non-offensive as you can get... no police record, no mental illness, etc, long-term landowners in our county, etc. But we had zero problems getting them.

    Note that I'm not saying any of this should be necessary... I'm all for Constitutional carry... but the general view of "you can't carry a handgun in NY" is completely wrong. All of our grown kids have their permits as well. The two boys who got into trouble (once) as teens did have to have a personal interview with the State Police to explain that indiscretion, but had no problem getting theirs, either.

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    Don't need a permit in Maine. We have Constitutional carry up here. You want to carry one and own a gun, you pretty much do it. Dh carries when he leaves the property.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffy View Post
    This is a big part of the reason why the Deep State is going after semi automatic rifles (ludicrously called "assault rifles" by much of the media) instead of handguns. Going after handguns is political suicide because of the large number of people in this country who have concealed carry permits and the growing number of people who are exercising their Second Amendment rights via Constitutional Carry.
    That and the government would have a built in advantage. Rifles are better than handguns in a fight.

    What was that old adage, "your pistol is what you use to get to your rifle".

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    Quote Originally Posted by summerthyme View Post
    Dunno about California, but here in UPSTATE NY (meaning all counties that don't include NY city) it's *relatively* simple to get a CCW. We got ours shortly before the 2016 elections, and it took a couple of months, solely because of the HUGE backlog (our local small rural county sheriff's office had over 100 people signed up on their list before 10 am the day we went in, and they said it had been that way for weeks) of applicants.

    Of course, we're about as non-offensive as you can get... no police record, no mental illness, etc, long-term landowners in our county, etc. But we had zero problems getting them.

    Note that I'm not saying any of this should be necessary... I'm all for Constitutional carry... but the general view of "you can't carry a handgun in NY" is completely wrong. All of our grown kids have their permits as well. The two boys who got into trouble (once) as teens did have to have a personal interview with the State Police to explain that indiscretion, but had no problem getting theirs, either.

    Summerthyme
    This is why I love Georgia.

    Short of Constitutional Carry, it is do you have money? did you commit a felony?.... pretty much good to go.

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