The number of concealed carry weapons permits is skyrocketing, despite aggressive anti-gun campaigns, a new study shows.
How much is it growing?
Issued CCW permits have increased about 275 percent over a 10-year period, from 4.6 million permits in 2007 to more than 17.25 million permits in 2018, according to a study released Friday by Crime Prevention Research Center.
The figure has increased every year and is expected to continue increasing.
From 2007 through 2018, women and minorities represent the largest demographic increase. When compared to white individuals, permits for Asian and black individuals spiked 29 percent and 20 percent faster, respectively.
“That increase in women and minorities mirrors their changing views on guns,” John Lott, the founder of the CPRC, told Fox News.
“A poll by [the] Pew [Research Center] helps to explain why there has been such a large increase in concealed handgun permits among blacks and women," he said. "The poll shows a 25 percentage point increase in the proportion of blacks with a favorable view of gun ownership. This is the largest increase of any group.”
Among all women the increase was 11 percent, and the increase among men was 8 percent.
The study also showed that CCW permit holders are "extremely" law-abiding citizens.
Which states have the most?
In Florida and Texas, states with the largest number of permit issued, permit holders are convicted of misdemeanor and felony crimes at about one-sixth of the rate that law enforcement officers are convicted, according to reports.
“The states that we have seen a slowing of permits have primarily been these ‘constitutional carry’ states where a permit is no longer required,” Lott told the Fox News.
“Indeed, some of those states have even seen a drop in the number of permits even though the number of people carrying in those places has undoubtedly gone up," he added.