Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States: 2020

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Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States: 2020

Category: Concealed Carry, Firearm Policies|Journal: Crime Prevention Research Center (full text)|Author: J Lott, R Wang|Year: 2020

During President Trump’s administration, the number of concealed handgun permits has soared to over 19.48 million – a 34% increase over 2016. However, while gun sales have set records in 2020, the growth in concealed handgun permits has slowed as many states shutdown their issuance of new permits. Unlike gun ownership surveys that may be affected by people’s unwillingness to answer personal questions, concealed handgun permit data is the only really “hard data” that we have. Seventeen 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.

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