Huge increase in CCW’s issued nationwide, and that’s great! But how often are those with permits actually carrying? One of the advantages of open carry is that you know which neighbors meet their duty of carrying, and you can see if they are doing so safely.
Anyway, as carry continues to spread it is also clear that violence is dropping, contrary to the old warnings of “blood running in the streets” as these laws were debated. Imagine how low violence would be if we actually had borders?
Among the findings of our report:
- Last year, despite the common perception that growth in the number of permit holders would stop after the 2016 election, the number of permits grew by about 890,000.
- Outside the restrictive states of California and New York, about 8.63% of the adult population has a permit.
- In fifteen states, more than 10% of adults have permits, up from just eleven last year.
- Alabama has the highest rate — 22.1%. Indiana is second with 17.9%, and South Dakota is a close third with 17.2%.
- Four states now have over 1 million permit holders: Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
- Another 14 states have adopted constitutional carry in all or almost all of their state, meaning that a permit is no longer required. However, because of these constitutional carry states, the nationwide growth in permits does not paint a full picture of the overall increase in concealed carry.
- Permits continued to grow much faster for women and minorities. Between 2012 and 2018, the percent of women with permits grew 111% faster for women and the percent of blacks with permits grew 20% faster than for whites. Permits for Asians grew 29% faster than for 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.
The report is available to be downloaded here.
Did you know that the OC Sheriff is approving 95% of CCW applications?