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Concealed Carry UP 130% / Murders DOWN 22%

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11.1 million Americans now hold concealed carry permits! That is up from an estimated 4.6 million in 2007!

Three states (South Dakota, Indiana, and Alabama) now have over 10 percent of their adult populations with permits, and 10 states have at least 8 percent of their adult populations with permits.

“The increase in concealed carry permit holders corresponds with the increase in gun sales that we saw over the same time period. Permits have not only increased dramatically after President Obama’s election, but we also typically see increases after mass shooting tragedies such as Sandy Hook,” said Dr. John Lott Jr., President of CPRC. “These numbers show that people feel the need to protect themselves and believe that carrying a concealed weapon could save their lives.”

The report notes that the number of concealed carry permit holders is likely much higher than 11.1 million because numbers are not available for all states that issue permits such as New York.
Additionally, four states and virtually all of Montana do not require that residents have a concealed handgun permit to carry within their state so the total number of residents who legally carry a concealed weapon is not recorded.

The report also examines the violent crime rate in relation to the rising percentage of the adult population with concealed carry permits. Between 2007 and the preliminary estimates for 2013, murder rates have fallen from 5.6 to 4.4 per 100,000 – a 22 percent drop in the murder rate at the same time that the percentage of the adult population with permits soared by 130 percent. Overall violent crime also fell by 22 percent over that period of time

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  • Michael Cory

    Love that holster! Looks very comfortable.

  • John W

    Me and my significant other are some of the newer ccw holders. Ive had mine since since 2013 and she just mailed in her application so in 6 weeks she will recieve hers as well. Even though Az is a constitutional carry state having that layer of legal defense because you know anti-gun nut-jobs are going to demonize you even more if you defend yourself and dont have the permission of the govt. But not having to waste time with background checks is a plus considering my background has been combed through more then most. including volunteering as reserve police, ccw permit, Security guard license and Active duty military ive been “vetted” more times then i care to count. But it would be a mortal sin to defend myself without govt “permission” simply because some anti-gun nut-job says so.

  • Yes indeed… That looks real nice… And the holster isn’t bad either.. 🙂

  • grendal113

    And those numbers dont including folks that refuse to be on a list.

    • Ralph E Kelley

      It also does not include those like myself that open carry. I’m not a LEO or any such person, but rarely (unlike all the liberal scare videos that depict otherwise) am I questioned about doing so by LEOs. They see me, I give a friendly nod accompanied by a friendly greeting and we go our separate ways.