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. The executive summary is shown here:
Despite the expectations of many after the 2016 elections, the number of concealed handgun permits has again increased. In 2018, the number of concealed handgun permits soared to over 17.25 million – a 273% increase since 2007. 7.14% of American adults have permits. 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. Still, an even larger number of people carry because in 14 states people don’t need a permit to carry in all or virtually all those states.
Among the findings of our report:
The report is available to be downloaded here.
Florida: had 1,919,024 on May 31, 2018 and that increased to 2,010,869 by May 31, 2019. Revocation of permits in Florida is available here(07012018_06302019_cw_annual). Florida demographics available here.
Illinois: “now up the over 310,000 range,” September 14, 2018, we had 300,705 on June 18, 2018, so permits have increased by over 3% in three months.
Kentucky: January 15, 2019, now over 400,000, up from 374,132.
DC: On November 2018, there were 1,896 permits.
Tennessee; there were 618,752 permits on June 1st, 2018 and there were 639,157 on June 3rd, 2019, an increase of almost 21,000.
Florida March 31, 2019