More Women Than Ever Are Carrying Firearms

More Women Than Ever Are Carrying Firearms
New stats show that the number of women with permits has increased twice as quickly as the number of men. photo from shootingsportsretailer.comweb photo

The Crime Prevention Research Center under the direction of president John R. Lott, Jr. has released a new report showing not only that concealed carry permit numbers are up across the board, but also that more women are armed than ever.

The report shows that the number of concealed handgun permits has soared to over 14.5 million during President Barack Obama's administration. That represents a 215 percent increase since 2007.

Last year, the number of CCW permits set a new record, increasing by 1.73 million. The previous record from the year before was 1.69 million, the report shows.

If you break it down across the nation, 6.06% of the total adult population has a carry permit, including large numbers of women. Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas each have over a million residents who are active permit holders. In 11 states, a permit is no longer required to carry in all or virtually all of the state, thus the number of people who carry in those states aren't included in these statistics, the report says.

Between 2012 and 2016, in states that provide data by gender, the number of women with permits has increased twice as quickly as the number of men with permits. Data for seven states show a general upward trend in the percentage of holders who are women, some by nearly 10 percent. The reports says, “in eight states where we have data by gender, since 2012 the number of permits has increased by 161% for women and by 85% for men."

There are also some crime stats to go along with the carry stats. Between 2007 and 2015, murder rates fell from 5.6 to 4.7 per 100,000, representing a 16% drop. Overall violent crime fell by 18% while the percentage of adults with permits has soared by 90 percent.

“Regression estimates show a significant association between increased permit ownership and a drop in murder and violent crime rates. Each one percentage point increase in rates of permit-holding is associated with a roughly 2.5 percent drop in the murder rate. This holds true even after accounting for the number of police per capita, demographics, and the percentage of the population that is incarcerated.”