Concealed Carry Report - 2020: Conviction Rate For Permit Holders Lower Than That Of Police Officers

Since President Trump took office in 2016, concealed carry permits (CCP) increased to over 19.48 million, a 34% increase from 2016. Currently, 7.4% of Americans have a concealed carry permit or 9.8% excluding California and New York. Despite the rise in firearm ownership experienced in 2020, which is expected to hit 40 million, concealed carry permit numbers failed to catch up, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center's 2020 Concealed Carry report.


Concealed carry permits grew by only 4.4% from last year's 820,000. The growth rate is the lowest recorded since 2011. The reason for the decline in the number of approved permits is because of the COVID-19 shutdown which led to the closure of licensing activities. Additionally, licensing in most constitutional carry states is generally declining despite more people owning firearms.

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Statewise, 10% of American adults have permits in 14 states. Arkansas and Oklahoma witnessed declining concealed carry permits ownership rates because of the constitutional carry laws. Both states have less than 10% of adults owning CCPs. In total, 16 states have constitutional carry laws across the United States. However, many Americans residing in those states still apply for permits because of reciprocity laws.


Alabama, Indiana, and Iowa have the highest percentage of concealed carry permits at 28.5%,18.7%, and 15%, respectively. Florida has the highest number of concealed carry permits at over 2 million. Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Texas have over 1 million permits each.


Concealed carry permits rates for women increased faster than that of men, according to the report. Data in 14 states that report based on gender showed that women took 26.4% of permits issued. This was a 101.2% increase in female CCP ownership rates compared to that of men.


Concealed carry permits for minorities also increased faster than that of white Americans. Black women in Texas had a 3.9 times increase in concealed carry permit ownership compared to white men from 2002 to 2019.


Asian and American Indians' increase in concealed carry permit ownership was twice that of white Americans. Black and white Americans had the same CCP ownership increase rates in North Carolina from 1966 to 2016.


Black people had a 55.6% increase in CCP ownership rates compared to white Americans in the four states that report on race from 2015-2019. For minorities, Asians had the highest CCP ownership increase rates at 62.9% compared to white people.


The data also showed that firearm owners are the most law-abiding citizens, with conviction rates of one-sixth compared to the police in Texas and Florida. Unsurprisingly, criminals who use firearms to commit crimes ignore gun laws even in states where a permit is required for purchase.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.


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