New Study: Over 16.3 million concealed handgun permits, last year saw the largest increase ever in number of permits

19 Jul , 2017  

The CPRC has just issued our newest annual report on the number of concealed handgun permits in the US.  A copy of the report is available for download 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 soared to over 16.36 million – a 256% increase since 2007. Unlike surveys that may be affected by people’s unwillingness to answer some personal questions, concealed handgun permit data is the only really “hard data” that we have on gun ownership across the United States. Among the findings of our report:

  • Last year, the number of permit holders grew by a record 1.83 million. This is more than the previous record increase of 1.73 million, set just the year before. Each of the last four years that we have been recording this data has set a new record. Despite expectations that permits were primarily driven by fears of Democratic presidencies, the growth in permits has continued at a similar pace after the November 2016 election.
  • 6.53% of American adults have permits. Outside the restrictive states of California and New York, about 8% of the adult population has a permit.
  • In eleven states, more than 10% of adults have permits. Alabama has the highest rate — 20%. Indiana is second with 15.8%.
  • There are four counties in Pennsylvania that have between 30% and 50% of their adult populations with concealed handgun permits: Potter (50.3%), McKean (34.6%), Warren (34.6%), Cameron (31.3%), and Armstrong (30.1%).
  • Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas each have over 1.2 million residents who are active permit holders.
  • Another 14 states have adopted constitutional carry in all or virtually all of their state, meaning that a permit is no longer required. Some people in these states still choose to obtain permits so that they can carry in other states that have reciprocity agreements with their states. 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.
  • In 2016, women made up 36% of permit holders in the 14 states that provide data by gender. Eight states had data from 2012 to 2016 and they saw a 326% faster increase in permits among women than among men.
  • From 2012 to 2016, in the five states that provide data by race over that time period, the number of black people with permits increased 30% faster than the number of whites with permits. Asians appear to be the group that has experienced the largest increase in permitted concealed carry.
  • 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 rest of the report with many other interesting findings is available here.

UPDATED data:

Arizona data available here. Increased to 320,653 on 8/27/2017, Increased to 318,843 as of July 23, 2017, up from 316,383 on June 4, 2017.

Florida data available here.  Increased to 1,824,589 in October 2017, up from 1,784,395 in June 30, 2017. Demographics October 31, 2017.

Indiana data is available here.  Increased to 815,477 in July 1, 2017, up from 799,546 in March 2017.

Michigan data available here.  On November 1, 2017 there were 617,864 permits. Increased to 617,873 as of July 3, 2017, from 616,508 on June 2, 2017.

Utah data available here. Increased to 716,522 in June 30, 2017.  Increased to 710,211 in June 30, 2017, from 698,920 in March 31, 2017.

Tennessee data available here.  Increased to 599,816 as of November 1, 2017.  Increased to 597,028 on September 1, 2017, Increased to 595,627 on July 5, 2017, from 594,498 to June 2, 2017.

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22 Responses

  1. Paul Sorensen says:

    Wonder why Texas and Florida are shown as “white” on the map that describes permit holders?

    • johnrlott says:

      If you read the legion on the side, you will see why. Neither state has over 10% of their population with permits. Neither is a Constitutional Carry state.

      • Fred Miller says:

        It is probably safe to assume that Texas permit numbers will go up quite a bit now that the fees have been lowered. Currently, it’s just shy of $300 ($110 mandatory class, $140 permit fee, $10 fingerprint fee, $10 registered mail cost) to get a permit here in Texas. On September 1st, that will drop to $200 (permit fee reduced to $40).

        • Thomas says:

          Wow i thought mine was high 20 dollars a yr
          Alabama Blount county all counties are different in alabama and controled by the sheriff of each county.

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  3. Brian Pouliot says:

    With such an increase of permits, why can’t we get a national reciprocity agreement from Congress so that we can travel to all 50 states legally without being in danger of violating some state laws not recognizing other states’ permits? If we cannot get Congress to do this, why can’t individual states propose a Constitutional amendment? We only need two-thirds of the states to add an amendment. I am sure we can get that many, that is, 34 states or so to go along with that. The only states that will not go along with an amendment of this sort are the real blue states, i.e. CA, NY, NJ, MA, IL & a couple more perhaps. Back in the day they were able to impose prohibition on this country by an amendment then later on repeal it. Can’t we get a national Constitutional amendment implementing national concealed carry reciprocity so that one permit or license from one state will be recognized by all states, as a driver’s license is? Just my 2 cents worth and thoughts.

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  13. Patroy says:

    You can carry in your car without a permit in South Carolina so that might be why it’s fewer than 10%

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