More news coverage of CPRC report on Concealed Handgun Permits: Fox News, Colorado Politics, Houston Press, CNS News, Breitbart, and many others

8 Aug , 2017  

The CPRC has done multiple radio interviews on our new report (e.g., here, here, here, and here), and we continue to get other media coverage.

Fox News, August 2, 2017

There are more than 16 million concealed-carry permittees in the U.S., a figure that soared 256 percent, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center, under the Obama administration. Some 6.53 percent of Americans have permits, and outside of the more rigorously gun-controlled California and New York, roughly 8 percent of the population has a permit. The caveat is that all states have some sort of concealed-carry eligibility. Twelve states no longer require a permit for concealed carry, and the remaining 38 require a resident to prove, to varying degrees, a legitimate need to carry a concealed handgun. . . .

Colorado Springs Gazette, July 31, 2017; Colorado Politics, July 31, 2017

. . . Under President Obama, concealed handgun permits grew – a reaction to concerns that the administration would push a heavy gun control agenda. Interest, however, continues to grow under President Trump, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center, which conducted the study released earlier this month. Some gun-makers and dealers feared a drop because of Trump’s strong support of gun rights.

Colorado saw one of the highest increases in the country. With the recent surge, 9 percent of adults in Colorado now have a concealed carry permit, according to the report. . . .

Nationally, handgun permits in the United States soared by 1.83 million since last July. The total number of permits in the country rose to 16.3 million. The study also found that the biggest increases were among women and blacks. . . .

Houston Press, August 8, 2017

Black women are the changing face of concealed handgun permit holders.

According to a recent study from the Crime Prevention Research Center, this changing face of gun ownership is reflected in Texas and across the United States. In Texas, where the Department of Public Safety tracks race and gender data for registered handgun owners, permits have increased the most for black residents, particularly among women. White residents still represent the majority of owners, but since 2000, African-American women have grown from 1 percent of total permit holders to 11 percent.

Growing up in Chicago, Dee Bond-Hodrick, who now lives in Houston, says she never thought she wanted to be around guns. But now she worries about the safety of her family, and has become one of the more than one million registered gun owners in this state.

“It’s a scary thought not being able to defend your family if someone comes into your home,” she says.

Philip Smith, founder and president of the National African American Gun Association, based in Atlanta, calls it part of a maturation process of the African-American community. “More and more people are no longer taking the quote-unquote standard perspective: ‘Black folks shouldn’t have guns; they’re dangerous, blah blah blah.’ . . .

Yellow Hammer, August 7, 2017

. . . National data shows that women are the fastest growing segment of the population that are obtaining new concealed carry permits. In fact, a recent study by the Crime Prevention Research Center finds that women nationwide are obtaining permits four times more than men. Specifically, women made up 36% of permit holders in the 14 states that track permits by gender. From 2012 to 2016, eight states that track by gender saw a 326% faster increase in permits among women than among men.

The same study shows that Alabama is leading the nation in the increase for all residents obtaining concealed carry permits. To peek inside the numbers, the Yellowhammer state has the highest percentage of adults with permits – 20.07%. In total, 755,618 people in Alabama have concealed carry permits.

Although Alabama doesn’t track its concealed permit holders by gender, the state’s growth in women gun owners is anecdotally evidenced by the explosion of their shooting groups and classes—activities in which Beth Alcazar is vibrantly active. . . .

CNS News, August 8, 2017

The biggest growth in the number of Americans obtaining permits to carry a concealed firearm since 2000 has been among black women, according to a recent study from the Crime Prevention Research Center.

Data collected by CPRC indicates that the rate of increase in concealed carry among black women was 2.22 times higher than that of white females across the country from 2000 to 2016.

The largest growth was experienced in Texas, where the Department of Public Safety documents the race and gender of registered gun owners, with an increase from one percent to 11 percent within that frame. . . .

Breitbart, August 8, 2017

On July 20 Breitbart News reported the Crime Prevention Research Center study, which shows the national surge in concealed is being led by women and blacks. According to the study, “eight states had [gender] data from 2012 to 2016 and they saw a 326% faster increase in permits among women than among men.” During the same time period—2012 to 2016—race data available from five states shows “the number of black people with permits increased 30% faster than the number of whites with permits.” This kind of information makes it increasingly difficult for the left to continue to attribute gun sales to the same old white guys, buying and hoarding more and more guns. . . .

Ammoland, August 8, 2017

Firearm scientist John Lott’s released a new report 07-20-2017 on concealed carry in the United States, with an updated estimate of more than 16.3 million legally licensed armed citizens.

It shows that a growing number of Americans are taking responsibility for their own safety.

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Chairman Alan Gottlieb commented, “John’s report comes at a critical moment when Congress should be discussing national concealed carry reciprocity legislation that was introduced in January.”

The current proposal for this has 200 co-sponsors.

The 61-page report shows increased concealed carry from 2007 through 2015 coincided with a decline in the national murder rate, from 5.6 to 4.9 per 100,000 population. . . .

America’s 1st Freedom, July 31, 2017

Mortensen was quoting new research from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC). John R. Lott Jr., founder and CEO of CPRC, found that the number of concealed handgun permits (CCP) in the United States has jumped by 1.83 million since last July. This brings the total count in the U.S. to an estimated 16.3 million. Also, some of the biggest leaps in the numbers have been occurring among women and blacks. The CPRC study determined that more than 6.5 percent of American adults now have CCPs. These CCP holders, as data has shown for decades, basically don’t commit crimes. The CPRC found that CCP holders who were charged or convicted of a felony constituted just 0.0123 percent of the total group in 2015 and 0.0092 percent in 2016. . . .


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