Be Careful Who You Threaten: Concealed Carry Permits Hit 22 Million

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At a glance

  • The gun craze sparked by the 2016 presidential election, the COVID crisis and the flurry of random and mass shootings has also led to a record-breaking issuance of concealed carry permits, especially to women and minorities seeking self protection.
  • A new and authoritative report put the number of permits held by Americans at 22.01 million. That number was a 2.3% surge over last year, according to John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center.

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