How many CCW's are there?


August 29, 2008, 11:24 AM
Does anyone know how many concealed carry liscenses are isuued in the US. Or how to find out state by state? thanks.

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August 29, 2008, 11:31 AM
Today - there are approximately 173240 Michigan CPL holders.

This is from the MCRGO ( wesite homepage.

August 29, 2008, 11:34 AM
Hard to say, since some states dont require CHL's.

August 29, 2008, 11:34 AM
Does anyone know about NY?

August 29, 2008, 12:06 PM

~300,000 GA
~650,000 PA
~210,000 MA

FL, TX, LA, and NC I have stats for somewhere but don't recall them from the top of my head.

Your not going to find any for NYS because its up to each county to devise policy for their applicants. NYS doesn't compile those numbers because it has nothing to do with the issue of the license.

August 29, 2008, 12:24 PM
Ask Mrs. Brady, she will throw out any number that suits her and will add that there are too many out there.

August 29, 2008, 12:51 PM
There are currently 516,638 people licensed by the state of Florida, including 53,871 non-resident licenses.

August 29, 2008, 12:52 PM
Texas has approx. 290,000 licensees as of 2007.

Year by years stats available here:

August 29, 2008, 12:57 PM
NC's stats:

August 29, 2008, 01:00 PM
Kansas has somewhere around 15,000 currently. Of course we haven't had CCL very long...

August 29, 2008, 01:21 PM
Washington State had 247,768 as of 6/18/08. This is per personal correspondence with the Department of Licensing.

August 29, 2008, 01:26 PM
Tack on 150,000 or so for VA.

Vern Humphrey
August 29, 2008, 01:28 PM
If ya ain't got a CCW (or CHL as we call it in Arkansas), ya ain't right.:D

August 29, 2008, 02:07 PM
"Florida has issued over 1.2 million permits."
"Distribution by age is generally proportionate to the overall state adult population. In Florida, 26% of permit-holders are in the 21–35 age group, 36% are 36–50, 27% are 51–65, and 11% are over age 65. The numbers of permit revocations are small. North Carolina reports only 0.2% of their 263,102 holders had their license revoked in the 10 years since they have adopted the law.[44]

Permit holders are a remarkably law-abiding subclass of the population. Florida, which has issued over 1,346,000 permits in twenty years, has revoked only 165 for a "crime after licensure involving a firearm," and fewer than 4200 permits for any reason. [45]"

Florida is a great state as long as you don't have to pay for home owners insurance. :)

August 29, 2008, 02:27 PM
"How many CCW's are there?"

Not enough!

August 29, 2008, 02:40 PM
I believe the nation-wide number is around 4 million. Of that total only about 40,000 are in my home state of California. San Diego county, where I live, only has about 1700 licenses for about 3,000,000 people!

August 29, 2008, 04:34 PM
Count off...


August 29, 2008, 04:36 PM
I'm #2

August 29, 2008, 04:39 PM

3 glorious carry permits! Bwa ha ha ha!

Member Dave Markowitz found this a few years back:

August 29, 2008, 04:41 PM
My guess would be that issued NON-LEO CCW is in the range of 7-10 million.

It would average out to 150,000-200,000 per state.

August 29, 2008, 04:43 PM
I think 150-200k/state is low.

PA's got a pop of 12 million, and 7% of that is like 850k...

August 29, 2008, 04:44 PM
112,665 Total Valid Permits as of March 31,2008

According to the Utah BCI.

August 29, 2008, 04:45 PM
As of 12/07 there were 288,909 active licenses in Texas. The stats come out at the end of every year.

Texas makes pretty detailed demographics public too; breakdown by race, sex, age, location, etc.

It's averaging around 30,000 a year growth for the last several years.

I am 3 all by myself; Texas, Florida, and Connecticut :)

August 29, 2008, 04:49 PM
Arizona has a paltry 110271 as of August 1st.

August 29, 2008, 04:52 PM
Something like 6 in all of Hawaii, and that's looking back about 8-9 years AND assuming that all are still, I'm waiting for my UT non-resident to come in the mail.

August 29, 2008, 04:52 PM
Arizona has a paltry 110271 as of August 1st.

Yeah but you lucky devil's don't really need them :)

August 29, 2008, 05:11 PM
This ( might help...

September 12, 2008, 06:16 PM
How interesting.

Some states have far less licenses than I imagined: VA, UT, AZ, TX, LA, NC. UT and TX and VA are shockers!

I thought GA's 300k was lowly given the culture here but I have to reconsider seeing how few licenses are issued in other gun friendly states.

Somewhere on my laptop I have a figure for MI. While I can't quote it from memory, it is also much lower than I'd imagine. OTOH, WA surprised me with how many CCWs there are there.

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