Data on the number of permits currently issued in Alabama counties
is shown below. The state has a total of approximately 470,005 permits
, about 12.6% of the population over 18 years of age. A couple of the counties have more than 18 percent of their adult population with permits.
The article in al.com
notes that Alabama is number 1 in terms of the number of concealed handgun permits, but it is very likely that the six states that allow carrying without a permit have higher rates that people are carrying (Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Montana (99.4% of the state), Wyoming, and Vermont). It would have been nice if the article had provided some balance and noted what most of the literature had found on crime rates
. Donohue's claims about my work hadn't accounted for the impact of crack cocaine is simply disingenuous (for discussions in the 3rd edition of More Guns, Less Crime
, but it was dealt with in my original research with David Mustard
and the first edition of More Guns, Less Crime).