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VA – SELF-PROTECTION – Concealed Carry Data Reveals the Truly Democratic Nature of the Second Amendment

As with all of our civil rights, the truly democratic nature of the Second Amendment is that it applies to all Americans. Recent concealed-carry trends across the nation show that Americans of all demographics do, in fact, exercise their right to keep and bear arms. According to data recently published on John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center, the number of concealed carry handgun permits has surged by 34% since 2016, with the current number of permits at nearly 19.5 million. Actually, the true number of Americans who practice concealed carry is considerably higher. As Lott noted, “Seventeen 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.” In 2020 alone, Lott found that women comprised 26.4% of concealed-carry permit holders in the 14 states that tabulate data by gender. “Seven states had data from 2012 to 2019/2020, and permit numbers grew 101.2% faster for women than for men.” Interestingly, “Three states that have detailed race and gender data for at least a decade show remarkably larger increases in permits for minorities compared to whites. In Texas, black females saw a 3.9 times greater percentage increase in permits than white males from 2002 to 2019. Oklahoma data from 2002 to 2019 indicated that the increase of licenses approved for Asians and American Indians was more than twice the rate for whites. North Carolina had black permits increase twice as fast as whites from 1996 till 2016.”  [full article]

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