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NAT’L – SELF-PROTECTION – Concealed Carry Nudges Toward 20 Million

The number is staggering, especially to anyone easily alarmed at the thought of private citizens legally walking the streets while armed. An estimated 19.5 million Americans are licensed to carry — and the figure continues to grow. There are more than 3 million active carry permits in Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas alone, with hundreds of thousands more in Utah, Washington and Georgia. And as this column was being written, Arizona listed more than 369,000 active carry permits — not bad for a state where no permit is needed. With an estimated 5 million first-time gun owners over the past seven months, interest in concealed carry is keeping firearms instructors busy, as well as law enforcement agencies responsible for issuing carry permits and licenses.   [full article]

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