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A report from the Crime Prevention Research Center estimates that the number of concealed carry permits issued last year was the largest increase ever – continuing a four-year trend of record setting increases in the number of concealed carry permits. This rapid growth of permits has been attributed to increases among African-Americans and women.
Economist John Lott estimates that there are now more than 16.3 million concealed carry permit holders in the United States, with more than 1.83 million new permit holders last year alone. In other words, about 6.5% of all American adults hold concealed carry permits. This estimate is driven down by the restrictive anti-gun regimes in New York and California; about 8% of adults outside of these two states have concealed carry permits.
The growing number of concealed carry permit holders combined with the drop in the national murder rate underscores the need for national reciprocity.
As we noted in May, it makes less and less sense to subject the right to carry a firearm for self-defense to the existing patchwork of inconsistent reciprocity laws that change from state to state as more and more Americans are carrying concealed firearms to protect themselves and loved ones, including while traveling. The estimated increase in permit holders in the last year means that another 1.83 million Americans could become accidental criminals if they happen to cross into the wrong state or aren’t aware of changes in state laws that often come with little public notice.
Concealed carry is not an issue driven entirely by the winds of electoral politics. Lott reports that the rapid growth in permits continued at a similar pace after the November 2016 election. The ability to travel across state lines with a lawfully carried concealed weapon for self-defense should not be denied by the political whims of anti-gun politicians but this is the current reality for many of tens of millions of law-abiding Americans who carry concealed in the United States.
Fortunately, momentum for national reciprocity is building in Congress despite hysterical, fear-mongering opposition. The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, S.446, has 37 cosponsors in the Senate and the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, H.R. 38, is up to 205 cosponsors in the House. This legislation would simply recognize that the right to bear arms does not end at the state line.
Though support for national reciprocity and the number of law-abiding gun owners it would impact are both increasing, getting the legislation through Congress requires all of us to make sure our representatives know how important it is.
Please contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative and urge them to cosponsor and support passage of S.446 — the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017– in the Senate, and H.R.38 — the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017– in the House.
You can contact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative by phone at (202) 224-3121, or click here to Take Action.
2017 on Track to Be One of Best Years for Gun Industry in Two Decades
by AWR Hawkins11 Sep 2017
Amid all the establishment media chatter about a “Trump Slump” in gun sales, National Shooting Sports Foundation’s (NSSF) Mike Bazinet says the evidence indicates 2017 could be the second or third highest year for background checks in the past two decades.
The “Trump Slump” mantra began after a 19-month run of record background checks ended the month after Trump’s election to office. December 2016 came in below record levels and the establishment media immediately began suggesting pro-gun voters had hurt the gun industry by voting for Trump.
The Guardian intimated this as recently as September 8, 2017, when reporting that a “‘Trump Slump’ in sales has meant a nearly $100m fall in firearms revenue compared with the same quarter last year.” They added, “American Outdoor Brands, the rebranded name of historic gun company Smith & Wesson, reported a 48.5% decrease in firearms revenue compared with the same quarter last year, when many Americans believed Hillary Clinton, a supporter of gun control, would be elected president.”
The problem with such a report is that 2016 was an off-the-charts, recording-breaking year in background checks for gun sales; one that may not be matched again for years (or decades) to come. So comparing this year’s industry figures to those in 2016 is an easy way to substantiate that this year’s sales are down compared to last year’s, but it is not an altogether fair juxtaposition.
For example, the December 2016 figures that came in low enough to end the 19-month record streak for background checks were still high enough to make December 2016 one of the top three Decembers of all time for background checks for gun sales. Breitbart News reported that background checks in December 2016 were only surpassed by December 2015 and 2012.
On September 11, 2017, Breitbart News spoke with NSSF’s Bazinet about the current state of gun sales in America and he said, “At the beginning of every month, we get calls from a handful of reporters, some of whom seize on the latest NICS release as the latest proof that the firearms industry is on a downward glide slope, in a “Trump slump” or some other formulation that fits their narrative. They don’t see what we see. Ranges are busy, there is a high demand for training and sales are still strong by historical standards. We are on track to see the second or third highest years since the NICS system began. Everyone in the industry knew that 2016 was record breaking and unsustainable. The sales declines we have seen in 2017 were predictable, but reports of the industry’s demise are greatly exaggerated.”
It is interesting to note that near the very end of the September 8 Guardian column, the paper does mention that “America’s gun companies are not doing poorly when compared with sales numbers [from years other than 2016].” The point is inescapable: the background check and firearm industry reports provided by Bazinet and NSSF researchers are far more accurate than the “Trump Slump” mantra.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at email@example.com
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