Suicide rates are counted in the national statistics of gun-related deaths. While this shines a light on the suicide epidemic in our country, this number comprises 60% of all gun deaths. These statistics can and have been used to attack gun owners and their constitutional right to gun ownership. Not only are firearm issues a hot topic, but statistics can be incomplete and or manipulated to make a point. That being said, in full disclosure, not all states make conceal carry numbers public information. While this makes the exact information not possible, it does allow us to look at certain trends about conceal carry holders in our country. Some of these trends are surprising.
According to the Crime Prevention Research Center 2017 study of Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States, for the number of states that provide gender information, every state showed an increase in the percentage of woman concealed carry permit holders. The states that report gender information are spread throughout the country showing that the increase is not located just in one region of the country.
Eight states provide information on the ethnicity of concealed carry permit holders. The Crime Prevention Research Center’s study focuses on Texas, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. These three states have several years of data to show ethnic trends in concealed carry permit holders. In all three of these states, Asians followed by American Indians and African Americans are the fastest growing ethnic groups. While Caucasians hold the majority of concealed carry permits, the numbers indicate that the concealed carry holders come from all different walks of life.
While it is not surprising that concealed carry permit holders are law-abiding, the numbers are worth a look. According to the Crime Prevention study, focusing on Texas and Florida, police officers’ firearm violations occur at a rate of 16.5 per 100,000 while the number is 2.5 per 100,000 with concealed carry permit holders. Fourteen states provide information on revoked concealed carry permit holders. Every state showed less than one percent of licenses revoked.
While the information on concealed carry permit holders is incomplete, the trends are clear. People who decide to obtain a concealed carry permit or license can no longer be put in a box. Over sixteen million people in the United States have concealed carry permits. With technology improving this number will continue to increase. Several states allow online training that allows people to learn on their own schedule. The concealed carry community is becoming a true representation of our diverse nation.