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What state has the highest percentage of adults with carry permits?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by vito, Apr 25, 2013.

  1. Piratesailor

    Piratesailor Well-Known Member

    I recently discovered that my town has the highest per capita CHL than any other city in Texas.
  2. Vector

    Vector Well-Known Member

    Most of us who carry hope never to need to use our firearms. I have needed to make potential threats aware of me being armed only a couple of times in 20+ years, and I live in a major city. So the average person in a small city may never need to brandish their weapon, much less use it.

    Additionally my state emphasizes that having a license to carry does not deputize us, nor give us the right to start fighting crime. So many would be reluctant to get involved in disputes/crimes unless it was a life or death situation.

  3. razorback2003

    razorback2003 Well-Known Member

    I bet NY has a huge percentage of adults who have handgun licenses because you have to have a license to possess a handgun.
  4. gym

    gym member

    It's the Gunshine state, The million we reached didn't count the prior permits that weren't renewed and expired. Some folks just felt that if they had guns in the house car and business, they didn't need to carry.
    Also that was "active" permits. There may be many inactive. Since you can legally buy a gun with just your ID, who really knows how many guns there are in FL.
    I would say more than 50% of the folks easily, have a gun. If I count down 10 houses each way, just from what I know, easily half of my neighbors have guns "that I know of", many won't come out and mention it either way. But over 5 years you begin to get a feel for who does and who doesn't.
    I was surprised when I asked for shooting partners, on the community website, and after enough local gun shows, you kind of are able to figure it out. many from NY or Chicago, don't, for the first few years, until someone takes them shooting, then they usually enjoy it and get their own.
  5. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    As pointed out = http://www.gao.gov/assets/600/592552.pdf#page=81

    GA and SD have the highest of any state that doesn't issue out of state carry permits, better than 11 and 10% respectively. I expect Utah's percentage is highly inflated because of the popularity of their permit for out of staters.
  6. gc70

    gc70 Well-Known Member

    The math is wrong for GA in the GAO report.

    It should be: 600,000 / 6,906,000 = 8.7%

    It looks like somebody did: 6,906,000 / 600,000 = 11.5x
  7. Cee Zee

    Cee Zee member

    Kentucky has a population of 4.4 million and 245,000 or so permits. That's roughly 1 in 18 citizens that have permits. Florida has been mentioned here. They have 19.3 million with just over a million permits. So that's about 1 out of 19 that have permits. Indiana no doubt has a higher percentage but they have no requirements to get one except restrictions of course. Kentucky requires a class. I'd rate KY as one of the most gun friendly states in the country. Georgia has no class requirement either.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2013
  8. junglebob

    junglebob Active Member

    I think the percentage for Pa is about 8 percent, but if they count non-resident LTC that could be off. The Pa LTC is only $25 and until the spring of 2011 was available by mail to non-residents. I think quite a few folks from Illinois have gotten one and probably other states that are restrictive may issue. Illinois is now shall issue BTW, the first LTC should be issued in spring of 2014.

    I know Indiana has a high percentage of folks with LTC.

    There are estimates that Illinois will issue 300,000 LTC the first year. If that happens next year, it would give us a percentage of 2.3 percent. That may be an optimistic figure for the first year for ordinary citizens being able to carry but it is way up from 0% this year.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2013
  9. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

    In my well informed opinion, The GAO report's 32K number MASSIVELY OVERSTATES the number of carry permits in NJ.

    NJ has different categories of carry permits: Heavily restricted/work related for armed guards and the like, LEO permits for off duty and retired cops, and what the rest of the country understands as an unrestricted carry permit for normal people, which remains practically impossible to obtain and keep. The figures I had for the year 2000 was a mere 600.

    Someone's monkeying the numbers there.
  10. hang fire

    hang fire Well-Known Member

    Ditto on that.
  11. GAF

    GAF Well-Known Member

    Wisconsin just went over 200000 permits. That means one permit for every 28.5
  12. Outlaw Man

    Outlaw Man Well-Known Member

    I can guarantee you it's not Hawaii or Illinois.

    I thought Vermont didn't actually have a permit, that you had to get an out-of-state permit if you wanted to carry elsewhere? In that case, in response to the question as stated, Vermont gets to share last place with Hawaii, who, unless it has changed recently, has never issued one.

    It's funny how such a pro-gun state and such an anti-gun state can look so similar if you phrase the question right. Kinda like the media does...
  13. JustinJ

    JustinJ Well-Known Member

    I'm more curious as to which has the highest rate of children with carry permits.
  14. Outlaw Man

    Outlaw Man Well-Known Member

    Or antigun politicians!

    (My vote is California)
  15. EdJennings

    EdJennings Well-Known Member

    Don't know about the state as a whole, but Jefferson County, AL (Birmingham) runs about 12-13% according to a newspaper article a couple of years back. Likely a bigger number today. The percentage of people actually carrying guns is much higher. One LEO of my acquaintance guesstimated 75%.
  16. MarkDido

    MarkDido Well-Known Member

    But oddly enough, Florida is one of the few states that prohibit open carry.
  17. junglebob

    junglebob Active Member

    Texas does as well.
  18. Blue Brick

    Blue Brick Well-Known Member

    It's 18. And yes that includes handguns. No permit is needed for CC or OC.
  19. junglebob

    junglebob Active Member

    Well we'll see what the ratio for Illinois is the end of 2014. Illinois shall issue CCW licenses should start being issued in the spring of 2014. I'm sure we won't be any where near as high as Indiana, Kentucky or most other states. I'm sure it is going to be way better than Hawaii. There is 16 hours of instruction required so that alone is going to make for fewer issued licenses. The license will be good everywhere in Illinois even Chicago. Sorry out of staters no recognition of other CCW's, but if you want to shell out $300 they will issue non-resident CCWs.
  20. Vector

    Vector Well-Known Member

    I believe the news media helped to convince those in the capitol that it would be a wild west movie if they allowed it. Of course the anti's were concerned about that anyway with CCW's, and of course were proved wrong.

    At least some of them came out and admitted it once their dire predictions did not come true.

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