UPDATE: Our newest annual study is available here.
Original: The CPRC has new issue of our annual report on the number of concealed handgun permits in the US. A copy of the report is available here. Some updated numbers are shown at the bottom of this post. Past reports can be viewed here. Part of the executive summary is shown here:
During President Obama’s administration, the number of concealed handgun permits has soared to over 14.5 million – a 215% increase since 2007. Among the findings of our report:
■ The increase in the number of concealed handgun permits last year set another record, increasing by 1.73 million. That is slightly greater than previous record of 1.69 million set the last year.
■ 6.06% of the total adult population has a permit.
■ In ten states, more than 10% of adults have concealed handgun permits. Indiana has the highest rate — 15%. South Dakota is close behind with 14.7%.
■ Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas each have over a million residents who are active permit holders.
■ In another 11 states, a permit is no longer required to carry in all or virtually all of the state. Thus the growth in permits does not provide a full picture of the overall increase in concealed carry.
■ Between 2012 and 2016, in states that provide data by gender, the number of women with permits has increased twice as quickly as the number of men with permits.
Arizona: 272,622 June, 2016 to 299,121 December 25, 2016 (21.7% of active permit holders were women). In March 5, 2017, there were 307,190 active permits (21.4% women). In April 3, 2017, there were 311,840 active permits (21.87% women). In May 8, 2017, there were 314,580 permits (21.81% women). On June 4, 2017, there were 316,383 active permits (21.8%). Latest Arizona statistics available here.
California: As of December 2016, to get a permit in Sacramento County you are “required to pay $220 in application fees, pass a state criminal background check, take a 16-hour training course and have approval of the the sheriff’s department by having “good moral character” and a good reason to have CCW.”
Colorado: El Paso County Sheriff’s Office released data showing 7,109 gun permits were issued in 2016, compared to 4,227 permits issued in 2015. Lepp said he saw a significant increase in the amount of women and senior citizens purchasing guns since last years shootings. Colorado’s data is available here.
Florida: 1,747,635 on March 31, 2017; 1,718,672 on December 31, 2016; 1,681,482 as of November 30, 2016 up from 1,581,742 on June 30, 2016. Info on permits for April 30, 2017 here and here. Info on permits for May 30, 2017: 1,767,552 total and info on demographics. florida-male-female-cw_holders, here, and here.
Hawaii: zero concealed handgun permits for civilians issued in 2016. See also here for other recent years.
Idaho: beginning December 2016: 131,665 Idaho adults possessed a concealed weapons permit, 8 percent of the state’s population, according to the Idaho State Police. Of those, 27,243, or 21 percent, were enhanced permits. up 54 percent from the beginning of 2013, when 85,535 adults had such a permit. 33% of permits are held by women. Because of the adopt of Constitutional Carry the growth in the number of permits has slowed dramatically.
Indiana: April 1, 2017, there were 799,546 permits. 26.5% of those were women. December 31, 2016 there were 776,500 permits (26.2% were women), October 31, 2016 there were 753,974 permits, up from 728,976 on June 14, 2016. 25.7% of permit holders were women. More info available here.
Kentucky: rose from 277,972 on December 31, 2014 to 309,748 on December 31, 2015. This is obtained by adding up the number of permits issued over the last five years and substracting the number of revoked permits.
Massachusetts: in Dec 2016 412,369 active concealed carry permits, 47% increase since beginning of 2011. Graph shows number of permits in January each year. Up from 360,263 in June 1, 2016.
Michigan: 556,136 on June 1, 2016 to 616,508 on June 2, 2017, 613,387 on May 1, 2017 and 608,390 on April 3, 2017 (and here). 574,356 on October 3, 2017 and 579,583 on November 1, 2016. Michigan monthly data are available here. Annual reports are available here.
Minnesota — 194,905 April 30, 2015 to 200,000 August 22, 2015, 19 percent of permit holders are women)
North Dakota : 48,700 active permits on December 31, 2016 up from 40,872 on December 31, 2015.
Pennsylvania: Concealed handgun permits up 20% in 2016 in Beaver County.
Ohio: as of September 30, 2016 there were more than 574,000 valid concealed handgun licenses. Up from 549,730 in March 31, 2016.
South Carolina: For December 31, 2016, it was 308,406 up from 276,084 on December 31, 2015.
South Dakota: October 31, 2016 there were more than 95,000 permits, up from 91,785 on May 31, 2016. As of December 30, 2016, there were 96,047 residents with active permits, one in six adults, or 14.9 percent of the adult population of 644,147 who are 18 or older. At the end of December 2016, there were 96,000 concealed handgun permits.
Texas: Went from 1,052,073 on May 1, 2016 to 1,150,754 on December 31, 2016. Texas permit fee looks likely to be reduced from $140 to $40.
Utah: information is available here. 698,920 total permits on March 31, 2017, 244,808 of those for residents.
Wisconsin: annual reports are available here.
UPDATE: A new report from Kansas provides another example of how the number of concealed handgun permits in a state can fall after a Constitutional Carry law is passed. From the McPherson Sentinel (McPherson, Kansas):
This decline comes on the heels of a legislative change in 2015 allowing eligible Kansans to carry concealed without a license. Between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, the Kansas Attorney General office’s Concealed Carry Licensing Unit received 5,874 applications. Compared with recent years, this marked a steep decline in new applications — there were 9,800 applications received in the prior year.
For Steve Sechler, owner of Treasure Chest Gun Shop, McPherson isn’t matching these declines. The store offers concealed carry licensing classes and other gun ownership education classes, and enrollment rates are rising.
“. . . Now, people are starting to realize they need the education with it, so they’re taking the class now and it’s picked back up,” Sechler said. . . . .
WPRI.com (Channel 12) has updated numbers for Rhode Island at the end of 2015 of 3,577 (70 percent of the permits, 2.489, were issued by the Attorney General’s office).
Shooting Illustrated, September 9, 2016
An analysis conducted by the Indianapolis Star and published Sept. 2 indicated that in 2012, there were 92,000 concealed-carry permits issued to female Hoosiers, but by the beginning of 2016, there were more than 174,000 women with a valid carry license.
In the first three months of 2016, more than 50,000 concealed-carry licenses were issued to Indiana residents, more than half the number issued in all 12 months of 2015, the Star reported. If Indiana continues that pace for the year, they will have issued more than double the number from the previous year.
“Anytime there is an issue in the news where politicians are talking about limiting people’s right to bear arms, that proportionally usually results in an increase in people buying licenses to carry,” Indiana State Police Capt. Dave Bursten told the newspaper. . . .