Concealed Handgun Permits

The impact of Concealed Handgun Permit fees and training requirements on the type of people who get permits

27 Jun , 2021  

Texas provides unique information on the race of permit holders as well having large changes in both the permit fees and training requirements. On September 1, 2013, Texas reduced the training requirement to obtain a permit from ten hours to four hours and eliminated the training requirement for renewing the permit.…

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New Research: Not all right-to-carry laws are the same

21 May , 2021  

Prof. Carl Moody, the CPRC’s Research Director, has a new paper (available here) explaining why so many other papers are making mistakes in how they estimate the impact of concealed handguns on crime rates. The point might seem obvious, that there are huge differences in right-to-carry laws across states, but it is a fact that seems to be ignored by virtually all the other research on both sides of the debate.…


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Indiana eliminates fee for lifetime concealed handgun permits

10 May , 2021  

Indiana has moved very close to Constitutional Carry. Not only isn’t training mandated, but they have now made the lifetime permit free.

Lawmakers voted to nix all handgun carry permit fees as part of their massive two-year budget . . . Lawmakers previously had made the five-year carry permits free. If Gov.


Despite Claims that they care about promoting Social Distancing, Virginia bans online classes for concealed handgun permits

21 Jan , 2021  

While Virginia colleges and K-12 schools have moved to online classes and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has waived certain training requirements for Class B commercial driver’s licenses, as of January 1, 2021, Virginia’s Democrats have ended online classes for concealed handgun permits. In addition, Northam imposed onerous COVID-19 restrictions on indoor shooting ranges. …



UPDATE: Do Right-to-carry laws reduce violent crime?

29 Nov , 2020  

Original Post November 2, 2014: A 2012 survey of the literature in the University of Maryland Law Review is available here.  Some of the peer-reviewed research showing that concealed carry laws reduce violent crime is listed here.  This list includes papers using US data (whether broken down at the city, county or state level), which is preferable over arbitrarily picking some small portion of the country.…

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Fox News and the the Washington Examiner on our new report on the continued growth in concealed handgun permits

5 Oct , 2020  

Fox News has a news story on our newest annual report on the number of concealed handgun permits.

A new report reveals that despite some states getting tougher on gun control, the number of Americans with permits to carry concealed firearms has spiked in recent years.

According to data from the Crime Prevention Research Center, there are nearly 19.5 million people in the U.S. with


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New Concealed Carry Report For 2020: 19.48 Million Permit Holders, 820,000 More Than Last Year despite many states shutting down issuing permits because of the Coronavirus

2 Oct , 2020  

A copy of our newest report is available here (please download). Copies of our annual reports from 2014 through 2019 are available here.

UPDATE: Some more recent data is shown at the bottom of this post and shows that the number of permits have increased by 681,246 since the last report was released.…

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Publishes Bogus Science from RAND on gun control

23 Jun , 2020  

In a paper titled, “Changes in firearm mortality following the implementation of state laws regulating firearm access and use,” RAND Corporation staffers have published a paper examining child access prevention (CAP), right-to-carry (RTC), and stand your ground (SYG) laws. The paper shows that the people at RAND are continuing doing very biased and poorly done research on gun control.…

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Did Illinois just ban or at least strictly limit concealed carry?

27 Apr , 2020  

Illinois Governor Pritzker has an executive order that will take effect on May 1st.

“Wearing a face covering in public places or when working. Any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering (a mask or cloth face- covering) shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance.


Coronavirus: Some States have stopped issuing Concealed Handgun Permits

8 Apr , 2020  

In 16 Constitutional Carry states, you don’t need a permit to carry in the state, and in Montana, you don’t need a permit to carry in about 99.4% of the state. But in the rest of the country, you need a permit to carry concealed.

Partial list of states (We will update as we have time)

Georgia – “Probate courts across Georgia have been instructed to temporarily stop accepting applications for weapons carry licenses.”…

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