“During President [Donald] Trump’s administration, the number of concealed handgun permits has soared to over 19.48 million–a 34 percent increase over 2016,” a Crime Prevention Research Center report released earlier this month said.

The report also said 17 states “no longer provide data on all the people who are legally carrying a concealed handgun because people in those states no longer need a permit to carry.”

“Permits for women and minorities continue to increase at a much faster rate than for either men or whites. Alabama has the highest concealed carry rate—28.5 percent of adults holding a permit, with Indiana in second with 18.7 percent,” the report said.

Five states were reported to have more than a million permit holders, while 7.6 percent of American adults have permits. Outside California and New York, about 9.2 percent of the adult population has a permit, according to the report.

Nearly 20 million people with CCW permits.  Outside New York and California still includes a lot of smaller, may issue states in the Northeast (Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, etc.), and still, the CCW population approaches 10%.

I wonder what it is if you only count shall issue states.

“Business has been very brisk. People are concerned. We have a presidential election going on and it happens every four years, things get very busy.

“You have people that are buying guns who have never owned one before,” [Gene Smith, the co-owner of Hoover Tactical Firearm] added.

It is really starting to sink in that when the mob comes and you call 911, nobody is coming and you are on your own.

I know a lot of people in the comments will say “but they will still vote Democrat even though they are new gun owners.”

Maybe.  Sure some will, but I suspect that many won’t.

When you push a life long non-gun owner, especially a life long non-gun owning woman, into buying a gun for personal defense, that is a tectonic shift in their thinking.  That’s not something taken lightly.  They may not go full MAGA, but I don’t think they are going to stand in line to vote for Biden.

Honestly, I look at this news and wish I was in the Senate.

I would love to ask Judge Barrett, who is a member of the Seventh Circuit Court and ask her opinion on Moore v. Madigan, and if she thought that may issue concealed carry was constitutional given that the Seventh Circuit decided that the right to keep and bear arms meant the right to possess them outside one’s own home.

When 10% of the population has concealed carry, that seems evident to me that it’s time to break the may issue state and the limited reciprocity system, so that we have full 50 state (and DC) nation wide CCW.

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