Concealed Carry Licenses Have Soared

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The number of active concealed carry licenses and permits in the U.S. has soared to more than 21.52 million this year, according to the annual report from the Crime Prevention Research Center.

The report, from CPRC founder and President John Lott, Carlisle E. Moody Research Director and Professor at the College of William & Mary, and research associate Rujun Wang, says the spike represents “a 48% increase since 2016,” and amounts to “a 10.5% increase over the number of permits we counted a year ago in 2020.”

As the report acknowledges, 21 states have adopted so-called “constitutional carry” laws that allow carrying firearms without the necessity of a license /permit.

The report for 2020 showed 19.48 million active licenses/permits, and that was a hike of 820,000 over the 2019 figure. That happened, the CPRC noted at the time, “despite many states shutting down issuing permits because of the coronavirus.”

This increase occurred despite 21 Constitutional Carry states that no longer provide data on all those legally carrying a concealed handgun because people in those states no longer need a permit to carry.

“Because of these constitutional carry states,” the report observes, “the nationwide growth in permits does not paint a full picture of the overall increase in concealed carry.”

Over the past year, the report notes, “the number of permit holders grew by a record 2 million.” The report also estimates that “8.3 percent of American adults have permits,” and outside of the restrictive states of California and New York, the percentage climbs to 10 percent.

In 15 states, more than 10 percent of adults are licensed to concealed carry. Those states identified in the report are Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. The report includes a map highlighting these states.

The report also notes six states with more than 1 million active permits: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Florida is the first state to have over 2.5 million permits, the report says.

The annual CPRC report also notes that in 2021, “women made up 28.3% of permit holders in the 14 states that provide data by gender.” It’s an increase of more than 26.4 percent over last year’s numbers.

The CPRC report comes in the wake of the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2021, which detailed a spike in homicide and violent crime. The data contained in that report offers considerable justification for increasing numbers of Americans to be armed, and not just in their homes. Most violent crime happens outside the home, and with increased concerns about reductions in police manpower in several cities around the country, it would seem only natural for concerned citizens to assume more responsibility for their own safety.

Posted from Source: Ammoland

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