Latest study shows more concealed carry than ever before = less crime than ever before

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Today, I want to highlight a new research study that John Lott, from the Crime Prevention Research Center published on July 20, 2015 …

It’s the latest study to look at concealed carry here in America.

The good news is that more and more people are carrying concealed every day.

I’d like to thank a very special person who I think has played a very special role in making this happen.

We don’t give this man much praise around here, but I think he deserves it this time. Let’s all give a big round of applause for The Number 1 Firearms Salesman in America …

turn on images to see the number 1 gun salesman

Mr. President Barack Obama.

Ok everyone, settle down. Let’s take our seats and I’ll try and explain why I think Mr. Obama has done so much for the American people.

Why Is President Obama Considered The Number 1 Firearms Salesman in America?

The answer is quite simple. Because Obama is so anti-gun, I believe he has pushed many Americans who were “on the fence” to start to actually care that Obama wants to ban their guns, and they’ve become active gun owners.

That means buying more guns … more ammo … and even more people starting to carry concealed.

In fact, John Lott’s research even highlights this:

“But there appears to be another factor: President Obama’s election in 2008. Not only did Obama’s election increase gun sales, it also increased the number of concealed handgun permits. 

        Initially the increase in permits was slow, growing from roughly 2.7 million permit holders in 1999 to 4.6 million in 2007. But the number of concealed handgun permits literally exploded during the Obama presidency. For December 2011, the federal Government Accountability Office estimated that there were at least 8 million concealed handgun permits. By the June 2014, it was 11.1 million; in 2015, 12.8 million. 

        In other words, during the eight years from 1999 to 2007, the number of permits increased by about 240,000 per year. During the next four years, the number of permits surged by 850,000 per year. Then from the end of 2011 to 2013 the yearly increase rose by 1,550,000. And during the last year the increase has continued to accelerate to 1,700,000. 

        The rapid increase in concealed carry permits is also mirrored by the rapid increase in gun sales. NICS background checks soared from 11.2 to 21 million between 2007 and 2014. The sale of guns accelerated further over the last two years — averaging 14 million during 2008 to 2011 and over 20 million during 2012 and 2013. 

        But both polling and NICS checks provide only imperfect measures of gun ownership. Polling relies on people’s willingness to reveal whether they own a gun. And the changing political environment after mass shootings or a growing distrust of government may affect people’s willingness to reveal that they own a gun. “

That’s why Obama is considered the #1 Gun Salesman in America.

New Concealed Carry Study from John Lott and Crime Prevention Research Center

Noted gun rights scholar John Lott published new research on concealed carry permit holders July 20, 2015.

It’s a short 27 page PDF you can download here, but the ABSTRACT pretty much gives you the gist of what is inside (emphasis mine):

Since President Obama’s election the number of concealed handgun permits has soared, growing from 4.6 million in 2007 to over 12.8 million this year. Among the findings in our report:

        — The number of concealed handgun permits is increasing at an ever- increasing rate. Over the past year, 1.7 million additional new permits have been issued – a 15.4% increase in just one single year. This is the largest ever single-year increase in the number of concealed handgun permits.

        — 5.2% of the total adult population has a permit.

        — Five states now have more than 10% of their adult population with concealed handgun permits.

        — In ten states, a permit is no longer required to carry in all or virtually all of the state. This is a major reason why legal carrying handguns is growing so much faster than the number of permits.

        — Since 2007, permits for women has increased by 270% and for men by 156%.

        — Some evidence suggests that permit holding by minorities is increasing more than twice as fast as for whites.

        — Between 2007 and 2014, murder rates have fallen from 5.6 to 4.2 (preliminary estimates) per 100,000. This represents a 25% drop in the murder rate at the same time that the percentage of the adult population with permits soared by 156%. Overall violent crime also fell by 25 percent over that period of time.

        — States with the largest increase in permits have seen the largest relative drops in murder rates.

        — Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding. In Florida and Texas, permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors or felonies at one-sixth the rate that police officers are convicted.

How Do You Like Them Apples?

If you’re a gun grabber, you’re turning red, your core temperature is rising rapidly, and you are about to explode because you can’t think of a way to refute this data …

You’ll probably just clam up and refuse to listen to reason.

If you’re a gun owner, you already know this stuff, but it’s great to see that more and more people are getting guns and protecting themselves and their families.

This is a step in the right direction.

Already, we’ve seen the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 expire and then the slow rise and eventual tidal wave of Concealed Carry that is now 100% legal in every single state (including the last holdout, the “hive of scum and villainy”, Washington DC).

The next step will be to follow in the footsteps of all seven states where no permit is required to carry in virtually all of the state — the so-called “constitutional carry” states.

That’s the end goal.

It’s so stupid that that has to be a “goal” though right? How many “constitutional free speech” states do we have? How many states do you need a “Free speech permit”? Do we make sure that people have “safety training” for their “Free speech” so they don’t hurt anyone’s feelings?

Think about it.

Statists Still Gonna State …

The Police States run by power-hungry tyrannical oppressors — while they’re forced to offer concealed carry by the Supreme Court — utilize two ways to make it extremely hard to get a permit in those states:

1. They charge a lot of money for the permits (or require so many hoops to jump through that it costs a lot of money).

Lott found, “Each $10 increase in fees reduces the percent of adults with permits by about a half a percentage point.” and gives the example of , “… Illinois charges a $150 fee and requires 16 hours of training. With training and range time, it may cost as much as $300, meaning the total dollar costs of getting a permit in Illinois 6 is about $450.”

2. Giving government officials discretion in who gets permits, reduces the percent of adults with get permits by more than two-thirds.

It’s my understanding that it’s still next to impossible to get a concealed carry permit in Maryland, New York and Washington DC for example because you are only issued a permit at the discretion of a Gov official there.

In other words, you have to PROVE to them that you need a gun to defend yourself. It’s of course just one more way for the Jack Booted thugs to deny you any power.

The Washington DC police dept website says this under their concealed carry application page, “Additionally, the Firearms Control Act requires applicants to explain their need for a Concealed Carry Pistol License by demonstrating either a good reason to fear injury to themselves or their property, or any other proper reason. The fact that an applicant lives or works in a high crime area, in and of itself, is not a sufficient reason for the issuance of a Concealed Carry Pistol License. Applicants must demonstrate their basis for requesting a Concealed Carry Permit by submitting a personal statement or supporting documentation or a notarized statement from a third party.”

Because, living in a high-crime area is no reason to fear that you are going to be a crime victim?

(That part of the law by the way was turned down as they note on their website, “A court decision was issued in May 2015 which may have affected the “good reason/proper reason” requirement for some concealed-carry applications (see “Wrenn Order” document, attached below). However, that decision was recently stayed pending further litigation (see “DC Circuit Stay Order” document, attached below).”

… Basically all that means that at this time, they used legal loopholes to keep a judge’s decision that their laws were unconstitutional from going into effect right now. In other words, they’re delaying it as long as possible.)

The Bottom Line?

Get a gun.

Get a permit if you need it.

Go get some training and practice with it (it’s fun, I promise).

And carry your gun with you everywhere you go because both you and every other American will be much, much safer.

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Caleb
Caleb Lee is the #1 best-selling author of "Concealed Carry 101" and founder of PreparedGunOwners.com. He is a civilian (no law enforcement or military experience) who shares information about self-defense and becoming more self-reliant. He's a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo, NRA Certified Basic Pistol & Personal Protection Inside The Home Instructor, Concealed Carry Academy Instructor certified & also a graduate of the Rangermaster firearms instructor course. He's also the author of numerous online courses including the UndergroundAssaultRifle.com course.

2 COMMENTS

  1. “WOW”,the number one anti-gunner,being thanked ,for supporting the SECOND(2nd) AMENDMENT,,WHO would have thought,this would happen ??

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