John Lott: Here’s What the Latest Data Says about U.S. Concealed Carry Permit Holders

By: Teresa Mull

John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center just released a new report, “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States: 2020.”

The 64-page reports concluded several noteworthy statistics, namely:

-       The number of concealed carry permits has increased 34% since 2016
-       More than 19.48 million Americans now have their concealed handgun permits
-       CCW permit data does not necessarily equate to firearm ownership
-       Females and minorities are getting permits much more frequently than men/white people
-       Alabama and Indiana have the highest concealed carry permit rate
-       About 9.2 percent of the U.S. population has a concealed carry permit
-       Fewer states now have data on concealed carry, since more states have passed Constitutional Carry laws.

More of the abstract and the full report can be viewed here.

Teresa Mull ( is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.

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