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Some Interesting CCW Permit Statistics

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by hps1, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. hps1

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    Dear TSRA Members, Family and Friends:


    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.


    ■ 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.

    ■ 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%.
    • 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.

    Florida has issued 2.03 million, Texas is second with 1.4 million, third is Indiana with 1.33 million.

    See Dr. John Lott's full report at Crime Prevention Research Center

    Note: The Gun Control push is on-hold in Wash. D.C. because of the Impeachment nonsense. It will heat back up when we get to 2020. The gun control push has never slackened here in Texas. It is critical that we all become activist to get our family, and friends out to vote for Republicans.
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  2. George P

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    Yippee for my state! :D
     
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    I wonder if the reason the FL rate is so high is because they issue so many out of state licenses?

    Nevertheless, nice to see the numbers up most places.
     
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    Georgia was the first state to pass CCW legislation but Florida was one of the earlier states to follow suit:

    Wasn't FL one of the first states to issue permits to non residents of that state? If so, that could explain why they lead in numbers of licensees.

    Reciprocity chart:

    https://www.handgunlaw.us/states/USStatesThatHonorMyPermit.pdf

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  5. hps1

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    The most recent FBI Crime Report in the US shows a steady decline in violent crime. You don't suppose that the exponential increases in both firearms ownership and CCW permits over the same time frame could be responsible or at least a contributory factor, do you?

    I found the paragraphs regarding rifles/"assault" rifles of particular interest so highlighted them. Some good statistics quoted there.

    Regards,
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  6. CeltKnight

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    Yeah! My home state rocks! :thumbup:

    ... well, insofar as RKBA, and gun-toting stats, anyway. ;)
     
  7. MedWheeler

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    I wonder if the data is reporting on how many permits are currently valid, or only on the total number of permits ever issued. If it's the latter, it could be misleading as many people who have been issued licenses or permits may not subsequently renew them (due to death, out-of-state move, loss of interest, cost, etc.) I've been following the numbers here in my state, but none of the sources actually claim to be tracking currently-valid licenses, or how many were issued to residents as opposed to non-residents.
     
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