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Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States


John R. Lott Jr.


Crime Prevention Research Center

John E Whitley


Crime Prevention Research Center; Institute for Defense Analyses

Rebekah C. Riley


Crime Prevention Research Center

July 13, 2015


Abstract:     
Since President Obama’s election the number of concealed handgun permits has soared, growing from 4.6 million in 2007 to over 12.8 million this year. Among the findings in our report:
-- The number of concealed handgun permits is increasing at an ever- increasing rate. Over the past year, 1.7 million additional new permits have been issued – a 15.4% increase in just one single year. This is the largest ever single-year increase in the number of concealed handgun permits.
-- 5.2% of the total adult population has a permit.
-- Five states now have more than 10% of their adult population with concealed handgun permits.
-- In ten states, a permit is no longer required to carry in all or virtually all of the state. This is a major reason why legal carrying handguns is growing so much faster than the number of permits.
-- Since 2007, permits for women has increased by 270% and for men by 156%.
-- Some evidence suggests that permit holding by minorities is increasing more than twice as fast as for whites.
-- Between 2007 and 2014, murder rates have fallen from 5.6 to 4.2 (preliminary estimates) per 100,000. This represents a 25% drop in the murder rate at the same time that the percentage of the adult population with permits soared by 156%. Overall violent crime also fell by 25 percent over that period of time.
-- States with the largest increase in permits have seen the largest relative drops in murder rates.
-- Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding. In Florida and Texas, permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors or felonies at one-sixth the rate that police officers are convicted.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 27

Keywords: concealed handguns, crime

JEL Classification: K14, L33


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Date posted: July 20, 2015  

Suggested Citation

Lott, John R. and Whitley, John E and Riley, Rebekah C., Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States (July 13, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2629704 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2629704

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John R. Lott Jr. (Contact Author)
Crime Prevention Research Center ( email )
DC
United States
John E Whitley
Crime Prevention Research Center ( email )
PO Box 3234
Alexandria, VA
United States
Institute for Defense Analyses ( email )
4850 Mark Center Dr
Alexandria, VA 22311
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.ida.org
Rebekah C. Riley
Crime Prevention Research Center ( email )
PO Box 3234
Alexandria, VA
United States
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