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Concealed carry permits still on the rise, especially among women and black Americans
According to new research from the Crime Prevention Research Center, handgun permits surged to 1.83 million, with blacks and women leading the way. (Getty Images)

Concealed carry permits still on the rise, especially among women and black Americans

Since July 2016, handgun permits surged to 1.83 million from 1.73 million, and continues to rise, mostly thanks to women and black Americans, according to a new report.

Research from the Crime Prevention Research Center reported that over 6 percent of adults now hold a concealed carry permit. Outside states such as New York and California, the number increases to 8 percent.

According to the report, women accounted for 36 percent of the total number of permit holders. Data gathered from eight states showed that from 2012 to 2016, women were obtaining permits 326 percent faster than men.

For those states that keep records of concealed carry permits obtained by race, from 2012 to 2016, blacks obtained permits 30 percent faster than whites.

However, the CPRC reported that some states seem to show a racist, or sexist biases, picking and choosing who gets a concealed permit, and who doesn't.

"There are also significant differences in not only the number of permits issued but also who gets them when politicians have discretion in granting them," CPRC President John Lott Jr said. "Los Angeles County provides a vivid example of how women and Hispanics are given few permits when politicians decided who can defend themselves."

Research showed that permit holders are "incredibly law-abiding," according to CPRC. Permit holders who are convicted, or charged with felonies had fallen. In 2015,  0.0123 of holders were convicted or charged with crimes. In 2016, the percentage fell with 0.0092 percent being convicted or charged.

Overall, the CPRC reported that the country has seen an overall growth over the course of this century:

During the eight years from 1999 to 2007, the number of permits increased by about 240,000 annually. During the next four years, the number of permits surged by 850,000 annually. Then, in 2012 and 2013, the yearly increase accelerated to 1.5 million. Record increases after that: 1,690,000 in 2015, 1,730,000 in 2016, and 1,787,115 in 2017.

Also, the interest in obtaining concealed permits that increased dramatically under former President Barack Obama's time in office did not slack off when President Donald Trump took office, according to the report. From 2007 to 2016, permit increases jumped 256 percent, and continued to rise even after Obama left office.

The CPRC said research "shows that people’s interest in concealed carry has spiked in the wake of recent mass public shootings," both in America and overseas. The San Bernardino, California, attack of 2015 was shown to cause the biggest rise in the acquisition of concealed carry permits.

While Americans obtaining concealed carry permit has slowed just over 9 percent under Trump, the rise has still been steady, possibly due to the fear of terrorist attacks.


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