New Study: Since 2007, Concealed Carry Up 130%, Murders Down 22%
Number of concealed carry permit holders has increased rapidly by an annual rate of 76 percent since 2007
Philadelphia, PA (July 9, 2014) – The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), a research and education organization dedicated to conducting academic quality research on the relationship between gun ownership, crime, and public safety, today released a report, “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States” revealing that 11.1 million Americans hold concealed carry permits up from an estimated 4.6 million in 2007.
Three states (South Dakota, Indiana, and Alabama) now have over 10 percent of their adult populations with permits, and 10 states have at least 8 percent of their adult populations with permits.
The last comprehensive report on the number of concealed carry permit holders was completed three years ago by the U.S. Government Accountability Office and showed that 8 million Americans held a concealed carry permit. These numbers show that the number of permits is not only increasing, but they are growing at faster and faster rates.
CPRC collected the most recent data available for each state from sources including state police, departments of public safety and the US Government Accountability Office. The results showed that there are total of 11,113,013 Americans who currently hold concealed carry permits representing nearly 5 percent of the total population.
“The increase in concealed carry permit holders corresponds with the increase in gun sales that we saw over the same time period. Permits have not only increased dramatically after President Obama’s election, but we also typically see increases after mass shooting tragedies such as Sandy Hook,” said Dr. John Lott Jr., President of CPRC. “These numbers show that people feel the need to protect themselves and believe that carrying a concealed weapon could save their lives.”
The report notes that the number of concealed carry permit holders is likely much higher than 11.1 million because numbers are not available for all states that issue permits such as New York. Additionally, four states and virtually all of Montana do not require that residents have a concealed handgun permit to carry within their state so the total number of residents who legally carry a concealed weapon is not recorded.
The report also examines the violent crime rate in relation to the rising percentage of the adult population with concealed carry permits. Between 2007 and the preliminary estimates for 2013, murder rates have fallen from 5.6 to 4.4 per 100,000 – a 22 percent drop in the murder rate at the same time that the percentage of the adult population with permits soared by 130 percent. Overall violent crime also fell by 22 percent over that period of time
About Crime Prevention Research Center
The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) is a research and education organization dedicated to conducting academic quality research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety; educating the public on the results of such research; and supporting other organizations, projects, and initiatives that are organized and operated for similar purposes. For more information visit: www.crimepreventionresearchcenter.org