Study: Rise in Concealed-Carry Permits Biggest Among Black Women

By Zenny Phuong | August 8, 2017 | 5:47pm EDT

( – The biggest growth in the number of Americans obtaining permits to carry a concealed firearm since 2000 has been among black women, according to a recent study from the Crime Prevention Research Center.

Data collected by CPRC indicates that the rate of increase in concealed carry among black women was 2.22 times higher than that of white females across the country from 2000 to 2016.

The largest growth was experienced in Texas, where the Department of Public Safety documents the race and gender of registered gun owners, with an increase from one percent to 11 percent within that frame.

According to CPRC President John Lott, although all states have now authorized concealed carry, 14 of them no longer require a permit for doing so. But some people in these states still obtain gun permits for travel to and from other states.

“Because of these constitutional carry states, the nationwide growth in permits does not paint a full picture of the overall increase in concealed carry,” the report said.

That means there may be an even higher growth percentage of permit issuance among black women within these states.

Figures from those 14 states show an upward trend in female permit holders in general. In Washington state, “the growth rate for women getting new permits [was] twice as fast as that of men” between 2005 and 2014, the report said.

In eight states where CPRC was able to gather data by gender for 2012 and 2016, the organization found that women have a 327 percent faster rate in obtaining concealed carry permits than men.

The study also concluded that permit holders – and there are more than 16.3 million in the U.S. – are “extremely law-abiding,” with a rate of firearm misdemeanor and felony conviction even lower than that of the police.

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