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Posted: 3/15/2006 2:10:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 2:11:51 PM EDT
Well, I can tell you that, where "shall issue" CCW exists, on average about 2% of the eligible population takes advantage of it.

Does that help?
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 2:13:50 PM EDT
Probably around 0.10%.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 2:17:25 PM EDT
I would guess less than 1%
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 2:20:00 PM EDT
NOT ENOUGH!
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 2:51:33 PM EDT
DON'T ASK. NEVER TELL. WALK SOFTLY AND CARRY A STICK THAT GOES BBBBOOOOOOMMMMMM!

Link Posted: 3/15/2006 3:55:21 PM EDT
Kind of what I thought.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 3:58:24 PM EDT
I just found this

http://blogostuff.blogspot.com/2004/12/percentage-of-adults-with-carry.html

Not sure of accuracy...but you guys may have a handle on who this guy is.

_______________________________________________________________________________
Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Percentage of Adults With Carry Permits in "Shall Issue" States
I am reproducing in its entirety a post by Ken Grubb which appeared this morning on the PA-CCW mailing list. This ranks each of the "shall issue" CCW states by the percentage of adults who have a permit to carry a concealed firearm.



After crunching through the 2000 Census and 2003 Census estimates, the numbers in Chris Bird's Fourth Edition "The Concealed Handgun Manual", some official sources online which are a little more current, and filling in a few gaps from a 1998 CCRKBA report, the winners are:

Percent of Adults with a License to Carry in each Shall Issue State

7.45% South Dakota
6.79% Indiana
6.76% Pennsylvania
5.23% Connecticut
5.12% Washington
4.34% Idaho
4.10% Utah
3.86% Oregon
3.45% Tennessee
3.15% Alabama
2.72% Florida
2.71% Kentucky
2.67% Wyoming
2.41% Maine
2.18% Arkansas
2.11% Virginia
1.94% West Virginia
1.76% Arizona
1.75% Oklahoma
1.70% Montana
1.70% Michigan
1.62% Texas
1.39% South Carolina
1.34% North Dakota
1.00% North Carolina
0.86% Mississippi
0.62% Louisiana
0.58% Nevada
0.45% Minnesota
0.36% Missouri
0.33% Ohio
0.20% Colorado
0.17% New Mexico <-- Slight correction 12/22/04, per Ken Grubb

Honorable mentions go to Georgia and New Hampshire. These are "old wave" Shall Issue states--IOW, pre Florida. Because issuance is scattered among many local agencies, no one in either Georgia or New Hampshire is collecting statewide numbers on how many folks are packing. Seems reasonable to place 'em somewhere between the two statistical extremes among the other "old wave" states (South and North Dakota). However, if I were a bettin' man I'd put 'em near the top, and probably above Washington.

Total licensees among the Shall Issue states (excluding Georgia and New
Hampshire):
3,079,246

Total population living in True Right To Carry states (Alaska and Vermont):
1,267,925 (0.44 percent)

Total population living in Shall Issue states:
185,039,207 (63.75 percent)

Total population living in May Issue states:
81,350,620 (28.03 percent)

Total population living in No Issue states:
22,588,641 (7.78 percent)

Ken Grubb
Bellevue, WA
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 4:06:47 PM EDT
I go to the calss March 31 and April 1 so I'll have mine soon. Im In New Mexico. I know alot of people who have their CCW. .17% is pretty low I would have guessed about 10%.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 4:16:47 PM EDT
I tryed to figure this out before (or guesstimate), I live in a faily rural county, in Oregon and the guy who gives the class that I went to does for a month (+/-), 30 peops to a class, full to capacity every time. And he isn't the only instructor around here either.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 4:23:55 PM EDT
Where are the stats on NH? Why'd he leave us out? Last I heard (I think it was on a state GOA site), 13 out of every 100 NH residents has a concealed carry permit. I'm sure that doesn't equate to 13% actually carrying though.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 4:27:29 PM EDT
When these numbers came out, I posted the same comment below:

CT has a distorted percentage. There are plenty of folks in CT that possess a permit, but rarely carry. The permit is required if one wants to purchase any handgun, to transport same to the range and to bypass the 14day wait for any firearm. Unlike other states where one can purchase or transport without a permit, CT's percentage of permit holders does not accurately reflect those who carry on a regualr or semi-regular basis.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 4:32:51 PM EDT
I wonder if packing.org compiles these stats from each CCW state. Sure would be nice to know what percentage of the eligible people carry.

Good question....

HH
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 4:41:49 PM EDT
Pretty sure it's not 87%.

B_S
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 4:51:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/15/2006 4:52:39 PM EDT by TheCynic]


Total population living in True Right To Carry states (Alaska and Vermont):
1,267,925 (0.44 percent)



"Permits? Permits!? We don't need no steenking permits!"
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 5:07:01 PM EDT
Amazing. Simply amazing.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 5:08:34 PM EDT
100% of the guys sitting in my chair right now do.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 5:10:02 PM EDT
When I took my class our instructor gave the latest figures he had and it was around 3% just for Virginia Beach.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 5:10:28 PM EDT
87%
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 5:24:34 AM EDT
When I see numbers like this it is shocking to see what a minority as gun owners we have become.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 5:27:33 AM EDT
What I see is that there's a whole bunch of gun owners out there that aren't taking advantage of their right to carry.

I wonder how many just don't want to spend the time or money to get one....

HH
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 5:41:50 AM EDT
That's more than I expected here. I've known a couple of others who do, but it doesn't seem like 1 in 20. For sure, it is not distributed evenly amongst the population.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 5:44:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Yossarian:
Honorable mentions go to Georgia and New Hampshire. These are "old wave" Shall Issue states--IOW, pre Florida. Because issuance is scattered among many local agencies, no one in either Georgia or New Hampshire is collecting statewide numbers on how many folks are packing. Seems reasonable to place 'em somewhere between the two statistical extremes among the other "old wave" states (South and North Dakota). However, if I were a bettin' man I'd put 'em near the top, and probably above Washington.


Washington is also an "old wave" state. IIRC, Florida got CCW some time in the 1980's or 1990's. Washington had it as far back as 1970, from what I've been told.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 5:45:13 AM EDT
The Colorado numbers seem pretty accurate.

I know more people who carry illegally than legally even though I tell them how easy it is to get a permit.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 5:47:59 AM EDT
The sheriff here in Cumberland County, PA added a separate office with a dedicated staff just to process CCW applications. It's a good thing.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:05:51 AM EDT
I think most people in TN get their permits just so they can keep a loaded gun in the glove compartment of their car since our travel laws are pretty stiff.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 6:17:31 AM EDT
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