CPRC’s research is covered extensively in a new Fox News story.
That’s the largest one-year increase ever in the number of permits issued, according to the research center. In July 2016, the center reported that 14.5 million people had concealed handgun permits. As of May of this year, the number is already 15.7 million.
John Lott, founder of the group and a Fox News columnist, said several states, including Arizona, Florida, Michigan and Texas, have seen a big jump in the number of gun permits issued. There are several reasons for the increase – most notably, a rise in women and minorities seeking to purchase handguns, Lott said.
“I think you’re continuing to see a change in the composition of people who go and get permits,” Lott said. “Women are growing at a much faster rate than men.”
Between 2012 and 2016, Lott said, the growth rate for women was twice as much as it was for men. He also said minorities are purchasing handguns at a higher rate compared to previous years. . . .
The Crime Prevention Research Center – a nonprofit, gun advocacy research group – releases an annual report each July documenting firearm statistics by citing numbers provided by state agencies.
The center’s official report for 2017 is due in July but Lott said data already collected shows a significant increase in permits in a number of states.
Arizona had 272,622 such permits in 2016 and 315,107 as of May 2017. Florida had 1,581,742 last year compared to 1,755,580 as of April 30.
Lott noted other factors contributing to an increase in permits.
“You’re seeing states making it easier for people to go and get permits,” he said. . . . .
Even twelve hours later this was news article was still getting significant traffic.
Other stories are available here.
Fox TV Channel 32 in Detroit, May 22, 2017
Breitbart, May 22, 2017
The number of permits nationwide has now surpassed 15 million.
That means more than 15 million law-abiding Americans have permits to carry a gun every day for defense of their own lives and the lives of others. And that 15 million-plus does not include the untold number of residents who legally carry without a permit in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, and West Virginia.
According to Fox News, the CPRC reports that there were 14.5 million permit holders in May 2016. There are approximately 15.7 million now.
CPRC’s John Lott says a big reason behind the jump is the continued growth in concealed carry among women and minorities. He said, “I think you’re continuing to see a change in the composition of people who go and get permits. Women are growing at a much faster rate than men.” . . .