Which States Issue the Most Concealed Carry Permits?


As the popularity of concealed carry and responsible gun ownership rises across the country, you may be wondering which states issue the most concealed carry permits. It should come as no surprise that Florida — a.k.a. “the Gunshine State” — leads the pack. Read on to see the rest of the top ten states with the most concealed carry permits.

The states that issue the most concealed carry permits are as follows:

  1. Florida                          >1.8 million (resident permits only)
  2. Texas                            >1.4 million
  3. Pennsylvania                >1.3 million
  4. Georgia                        >1 million
  5. Alabama                       ~1 million
  6. Indiana                         >900,000
  7. Ohio                             >687,000
  8. North Carolina            >668,000
  9. Michigan                      >660,000
  10. Tennessee                    >641,000

Are the Number of Concealed Carry Permits in the U.S. Rising?

Yes, most definitely. According to the Crime Prevention Resource Center’s 2019 report, the number of concealed carry permits rose by greater than 8 percent in the last year. There are now more than 18.66 million permits nationwide.

That number doesn’t take into account the people who are not required to obtain a permit to carry in the 16 states that have adopted permitless carry, also known as “constitutional carry.” This means that 7.3 percent of American adults have a permit to carry. Thirteen states have issued permits to more than 10 percent of the adult population, and four states have each issued more than one million permits.

Interesting Demographics

In addition to the number of permits rising in general, there are some interesting trends regarding who is obtaining those permits. Although only eight states have compiled gender data from 2012 to 2019, the number of permits obtained by women grew 101 percent faster than by men during that time.

Just three states have at least 10 years of data by race and gender. This data shows that minorities are obtaining permits at a much higher rate than whites. For instance, the numbers of black females showed a 3.6 times greater percentage increase than white males. In North Carolina, the number of permits issued to black people grew twice as fast as those issued to white applicants.

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