A new report issued by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) indicates the number of concealed handgun permits nationwide eclipsed 17.25 million total - a 273% increase since 2007. This new figure equates to 7.14% of the total US adult population and was based on state reported permit data, not through questionnaires or surveys.
However, the total figure of adults who carry a firearm on a daily basis is likely far higher due to the fact that 14 states do not require a permit to carry, and others allow for openly carried handguns in certain circumstances.
Perhaps most interesting is the growth in permits among women and minority groups. Between 2012 and 2018, the number of women with permits grew 111% faster than men, and 20% faster for non-whites compared to whites. Permits for Asians also grew at a rate 29% faster than whites.
For more information, please click HERE to read the original article at the Crime Prevention Research Center's website.