Following the CPRC study showing that there were about 11.1 million
concealed handgun permits by the beginning of the year, I then showed that the number of concealed handgun permits in just seven states had increased by over 400,000 from the end of 2013 to July 2014
. Since then Florida's permits have increased by another 50,000
, Alabama's by almost 100,000
, Utah's by 31,000
, Minnesota's by about 2,800
, and Illinois by about 50,000
. It is my understanding that California's permits have increased by about 20,000 to over 50,000. That adds another over 250,000 permits from just four states. Taken together all this adds up to to well over 11.8 million permits. There is no doubt that other states have also seen a significant increase over the same period of time. Again, these numbers do not include the six states where people can carry without a permit nor do they include the numbers for a couple of other states that don't report their information.