Concealed handgun permits surging: women lead growth

Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 01:08 PM

My book, Armed & Female was published in 1990. I advocated that women should own guns for self-defense. The American media from Good Morning America to Oprah, to The Wall Street Journal to Glamour Magazine, etc. were shocked by my advocacy—especially since I had been anti-gun.


But, how times have changed. Today, twenty-seven years later, women are the leading buyers of guns. A just-released study by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), reports that in eight states that record gender data for gun permit holders, women account for 36% of the total number of permit holders. These states had data from 2012 to 2016 and they saw a 326% faster increase in permits among women than among men.


Also, in general, concealed handgun permits soared by 1.83 million since last July, setting a record for the fourth consecutive year. That brings the total number of concealed handgun permit holders in the country to 16.3 million with some of the biggest increases occurring among women, as well as Asians and African-Americans.


Of course, I strongly advocate that any woman who is thinking about purchasing a gun should take a professional gun-training course that are provided by local law enforcemt or at private gun clubs.

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