The number of concealed carry permits in the United States awarded 15 million euro over the past year, according to data collected by the Crime Prevention Research Center.
That is the largest increase ever in the number of permits issued, according to the research center. In July 2016, the centre reported that 14.5 million people had concealed pistol permits. In May of this year, the number is already 15.7 million.
John Lott, the founder of the group and a Fox News columnist, said several states, including Arizona, Florida, Michigan and Texas, have seen a big jump in the number of pistol permits issued. There are several reasons for the increase is mainly an increase of the number of women and minorities seeking to purchase handguns, Lott said.
“I think that you are to continue to see a change in the composition of the people who go and licenses, Lott said. “Women are growing at a much faster rate than men.”
Between 2012 and 2016, Lott said, is the growth rate for women is twice as much as it was for the men. He also said that minorities are buying guns at a higher rate compared to the previous years.
Firearms instructors are reporting an increase in the number of black women are learning how to use weapons in the entire country, as mentioned in an earlier Fox News report. Gun instructors who teach self-defense courses say more women are looking for weapons to protect themselves against crime.
In a May 10 statement on Fox News, NRA spokeswoman Catherine Mortensen said, women are the fastest growing segment of firearms buyers in the country.
“The NRA is a natural home for women firearms owners,” Mortensen said. “More and more women today do not want to rely on a spouse or a neighbor for protection. They want to be able to protect themselves and their families.”
The Crime Prevention Research Center, a non-profit gun advocacy research group – brings an annual report each year in July in the documentation of firearm statistics by citing the numbers provided by the government.
The centre’s official report for 2017 is due in July, but Lott said the data already collected shows a significant increase in permits in a number of states.
Arizona had 272,622 of such licences in 2016 and 315,107 May 2017. Florida had 1,581,742 last year in comparison with 1,755,580 with effect from 30 April.
Lott noted other factors that contribute to an increase in the permits.
“You see states making it easier for people to go and get permits,” he said.
In contrast, states such as California and New York have among the toughest requirements for licensing in the country.
In Sacramento County, from December 2016, residents are “required to pay $220 to the cost of the application, pass a state criminal background check, a 16-hour training and approval of the sheriff’s department by having ‘good moral character’ and a good reason for the CCW,” according to the center.