Hot dog! According to the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), concealed carry permit holders have hit a new high! This is the largest one-year increase that has ever been on record, and occurred between May 2016 and May 2017! I am so proud of Americans for stepping up their game and taking their self defense into their own hands! Keep and bear, Baby!
The CPRC tracks permit numbers across the country and publishes an annual report on concealed carrying in the United States. As of late last year, the number of Americans with carry permits hit the 15 million mark, and the current estimate of permittees is at 15.7 million – almost double the number from 2011.
Apart from the accelerating rate at which carry permits are being issued, this development is significant for other reasons. The drivers of this wave are increasingly women and minorities: according to the CPRC’s 2016 report, “The number of women with permits has increased twice as quickly as the number of men with permits. Some evidence suggests that permit-holding is increasing about 75% more quickly among minorities than among whites.”
This growth is particularly striking when considered in the context of the upswing in “permitless carry” jurisdictions. Just this year, North Dakota and New Hampshire joined other states that allow concealed carrying without a state-issued license or permit. While the new carry statistic is impressive on its own, there is no doubt that it underrepresents the actual change in concealed carrying since last year.
This also reinforces the need for a national concealed carry reciprocity law. Despite the expansion of permitless carry, many gun owners continue to seek permits in order to have their carry rights recognized in other jurisdictions. As more and more Americans become legally qualified to carry, it makes less and less sense to subject the right to carry a firearm for self-defense to the existing patchwork of inconsistent reciprocity laws that change from state line to state line.
How’s that for law-abiding Americans practicing their second amendment rights?? Whoooo.
Although, I have a feeling that these numbers may go down in the near future. Not because people will stop carrying, but because many states are making a move towards constitutional carry. What do you think?