Packing heat: More than 10% of adults in 13 states licensed to carry

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The 2019 update on concealed carry in the United States from the Crime Research Prevention Center reveals that more than 10 percent of the adult population in 13 states is licensed to carry.

Concealed carry numbers have jumped to more than 18.6 million active licenses in the United States, a new report says. (Dave Workman)

In addition, four states now report more than 1 million active carry licenses and one of those states, Florida, has more than 2 million carry concealed weapon licenses in circulation.

The report, which may be read here, estimates 18.66 million U.S. citizens are licensed to carry across the 50 states. This amounts to an increase of approximately 8 percent over last year.

From east to west, the states with the highest ratios of carry licenses to adults are Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, South Dakota, Colorado, Utah and Washington.

In addition to Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania, Texas has also passed the 1 million mark for carry licenses.

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According to the report, Alabama has the highest ratio of licenses at 26.3 percent of the adult population, with Indiana coming in second with 17.9 percent.

This comes as former Vice President Joe Biden has this week unveiled his new gun control package, which the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms quickly labeled as a plan “with the same goal, but a different sales pitch.”

“The Biden gun ban scheme falls right in line with the other Democrat presidential candidates’ goals of prohibition and confiscation,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.

The Washington Examiner is reporting that Biden is no longer the strong Democrat front runner he was earlier this year. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is rapidly catching up to the 76-year-old former vice president, who is clinging to a 2.2 percent lead, the Examiner said.

Part of Biden’s problem may be his gun control package, which includes a so-called “buyback” option for people who own semiautomatic sporting rifles, to registration and regulation under provisions of the 1934 National Firearms Act, which will treat semi-autos like machine guns. Biden no longer comes across as a “moderate” on the gun control issue, Gottlieb maintains.

Sixteen states now have “constitutional carry,” where no permit is required to carry openly or concealed. The Crime Prevention Research Center acknowledges that this fact means far more people may be legally armed then the numbers say.

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