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26 Oct , 2020  

A shortage of ammunition in the U.S. is set to continue following record firearms sales this year. Reasons suggested for the high arms sales figures include uncertainty amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming presidential election and civil unrest seen in recent months across the country.

“During President [Donald] Trump’s administration, the number of concealed handgun permits has soared to over 19.48 million–a 34 percent increase over 2016,” a Crime Prevention Research Center report released earlier this month said.

The report also said 17 states “no longer provide data on all the people who are legally carrying a concealed handgun because people in those states no longer need a permit to carry.”

“Permits for women and minorities continue to increase at a much faster rate than for either men or whites. Alabama has the highest concealed carry rate—28.5 percent of adults holding a permit, with Indiana in second with 18.7 percent,” the report said.

Five states were reported to have more than a million permit holders, while 7.6 percent of American adults have permits. Outside California and New York, about 9.2 percent of the adult population has a permit, according to the report. . . .

Soo Kim On, “Ammo Shortage Hits U.S. as Concealed Handgun Permits Soar to Nearly 20 Million,” Newsweek, October 13, 2020.

According to the Crime Research Prevention Center (CPRC), a firearms and public safety research organization, surging demand for guns has been accompanied by a spike in demand for concealed-carry permits. 
Applications for the permits have risen 34% in the past four years. Demand is so high that it has overwhelmed many jurisdictions this year, resulting in waiting lines according to the CRPC’s latest report. As of this month, there are 19.48 million concealed-carry permit holders in the U.S., more than 9% of the 209 million adults in America and 820,000 more than in 2019.

In the report, the recently retired president of CRPC, John Lott, writes, “Permits for women and minorities continue to increase at a much faster rate than for either men or whites.”

Available metrics may be under-reporting the trend — Lott notes that 17 states no longer provide data on the number of people legally carrying a concealed handgun because people in those states no longer need a permit to carry.

Eric Tegler, “As Women Rush To Obtain Concealed-Carry Firearms Permits, Female Entrepreneurs Help Cloak Their Guns And Worries,” Forbes, October 16, 2020.

As The Daily Wire previously reported, there are 820,000 more concealed carry permit holders today than there were in 2019, thanks in large part to women and minorities. A report from John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center showed that women and minorities were the main driver behind the 34% increase in concealed carry permits over the past four years.

Ashe Schow, “Prominent Gun-Control Group Falls Far Short Of 2020 Spending Target,” Daily Wire, October 24, 2020.

As reported last week by Insider Online, John Lott at the Crime Prevention Research Center has released an updated estimate on licensed concealed carry in the U.S., putting the number at about 19.5 million.

Dave Workman, “FBI CRIME DATA FOR 2019 RELEASED,” Guns Magazine, October 16, 2020.

The difference between total background checks and sales-related background checks is permit checks. Economist John Lott reports that there are now over 19.48 million concealed carry permit holders across the country.  Lott reports that the number of female permit holders is growing 101.2% faster than the number of male permit holders, though not all states provide data by gender. This estimate would hold that permit holders are about 7.6% of the total adult population in the United States – and permitless carry is the law in sixteen states, so the population of concealed carriers could be even larger. . .

“2020 Sets Annual Record For NICS Background Checks With Months To Go,” Daily Caller, October 13, 2020.

Among those are the firearm rights contained in the 2nd Amendment. It’s a time-honored tradition during every election cycle that some candidates will say those protections are under siege while their opponents will say there’s nothing wrong with a few common-sense controls.

What can’t be argued, though, is that a large number of Americans have received a concealed-carry permit. In fact, according to the annual report issued by the Crime Prevention Research Center, the number of concealed handgun permits in the United States has reached 19.48 million.

That represents an increase of 820,000, or 4.4 percent, above 2019. While those numbers represent the lowest percentage and absolute increases since the organization began collecting data in 2011, it is still estimated that 7.6 percent of American adults have permits. And, to add a little more perspective, that number in 1999 was listed as 2.7 million. . . .

Ross Gallabrese, “Interesting Numbers,” Herald Star (Steubenville, OH), October 10, 2020.

Estimates from the Crime Prevention Research Center pointed to 93 percent of initial NICS denials turning out as false positives in 2009, with similar estimates in 2010. (The Obama administration quit reporting these statistics after 2010.) Yes, individuals can appeal this denial and restore their gun rights, but dealing with bureacracy can be an expensive hassle.

“Gun Background Checks: How the State Came to Decide Who Can and Cannot Buy a Firearm,” Ricochet, October 25, 2020.

A new report just released by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) says lawful concealed carry of firearms continues to grow at an exponential rate even as issuance of concealed carry permits have slowed.

The report, authored by CPRC President John R. Lott Jr. and Rujun Wang says there has been 34% increase in permits nationwide since President Trump took office in 2016.

In 1999 CPRC says there were 2.7 million concealed handgun permit holders. Today, says the report, there are 19.48 million.

The report says that 554,589 adults in Colorado have concealed handgun permits as of June 30, 2020.

CPRC attributes a slowdown in permit issuance to several factors.

First, 16 states have passed “constitutional carry” laws that allow law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed weapon without needing a permit, which CPRC say skews the numbers when it comes to the number of people actually carrying concealed weapons.

Colorado is a “shall-issue” state, meaning that an applicant must be issued a permit if they meet all the statutory requirements, though the issuing agency does have some discretion if it can be proven the applicant may be a danger to themselves or others.

Second, the COVID-19 pandemic gave some states the excuse needed to shut down their permit application process for a time. . . .

Scott Weiser, “Concealed carry of firearms growing nationwide; over a half million Coloradans now hold permits,” Complete Colorado, October 9, 2020.

The difference between total background checks and sales-related background checks is permit checks. Economist John Lott reports that there are now over 19.48 million concealed carry permit holders across the country.  Lott reports that the number of female permit holders is growing 101.2% faster than the number of male permit holders, though not all states provide data by gender. This estimate would hold that permit holders are about 7.6% of the total adult population in the United States – and permitless carry is the law in sixteen states, so the population of concealed carriers could be even larger.

“Big Numbers on Background Checks and Carry Permits,” NRA-ILA, October 12, 2020.

As John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center has documented, these semi-automatic rifles are used in a tiny percentage of crimes. As Lott noted regarding the national ban that was in effect from 1994-2004: “The percentage of firearm murders with rifles was 4.8% prior to the ban starting in September 1994, 4.9% from 1995 to 2004 when the ban was in effect, and just 3.6% after that (3.9% if you look at just the first ten years after the ban ended).” (These numbers come directly from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.)

Brian McCombie, “If Biden Wins, This Congressman has a Plan for Gun Confiscation,” America’s 1st Freedom, October 9, 2020.

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