Concealed carry permits at all-time high

– The Washington Times – Tuesday, July 26, 2016

More than 14.5 million Americans are now licensed to carry a concealed handgun — a jump of 1.73 million in just a year, according to new research that says women and black Americans are among the most eager to sign up.

More than 6 percent of the adult population in the U.S. now has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, according toJohn R. Lott Jr. at the Crime Prevention Research Center. And those who actually carry is likely much higher because nearly a dozen states don’t even require a permit to do so, he said.

Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania each have more than 1 million registered permit holders, while in the smaller states of Indiana and South Dakota, about 15 percent of all adults are permitted.

“Part of it is just Obama. We have had a big increase in people buying guns, but it’s pretty clear it’s broader. It’s not just the number of guns, it’s clear more people are using guns,” Mr. Lott said.

The numbers come at a time when the gun debate is heating up nationally, with the two major party presidential candidates battling over gun ownership and use. GOP nominee Donald Trump is a concealed carry permit holder himself, while Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has called for cracking down on firearms ownership.

Several gun control groups either didn’t respond to messages or were too busy with the Democratic convention in Philadelphia this week to be able to review Mr. Lott’s findings.

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  • Robert A Hartman

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  • robert sanders

    Outstanding. Obama said that the robberies and killings from gangbangers in this country was going down. Do you think it might be because more people are arming themselves, are Obama just wants to make himself look good.

  • Donnie Buchanan

    I think she is a mental case. Surely no one would honestly think that she lies as she does ( and believes herself) and isn’t mental. Yes, I know some do.

  • Rodney Steward

    With a theatrical speech like she made last night, no wonder people are buying guns and getting cc permits, then throw in Bloomberg that had no other reason to be there other than to push the gun agenda, and why, he’s not a politician, he’s just donated millions to Hellary’s NWO foundation, he wants to be one of the controllers! Then one time they mentioned a moment of silence for the murdered police officers, and what did they get, people shouting black lives matter! (NOT) This was nothing but a Theatrical THUG SHOW, filled with lie after lie, but was music to the dumb down and uninformed idiots and socialist!

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