The new report is available here. Part of the executive summary is shown here:
Since President Obama’s election the number of concealed handgun permits has soared, growing from 4.6 million in 2007 to over 12.8 million this year. Among the findings in our report:
The number of concealed handgun permits is increasing at an ever- increasing rate. Over the past year, 1.7 million additional new permits have been issued – a 15.4% increase in just one single year. This is the largest ever single-year increase in the number of concealed handgun permits.
5.2% of the total adult population has a permit.
Five states now have more than 10% of their adult population withconcealed handgun permits.
In ten states, a permit is no longer required to carry in all or virtually all ofthe state. This is a major reason why legal carrying handguns is growing somuch faster than the number of permits.
Since 2007, permits for women has increased by 270% and for men by 156%. Over that period, there was a 178% increase in total permits.
Some evidence suggests that permit holding by minorities is increasing more than twice as fast as for whites.
Illinois — 103,000 March 2015 to 119,337 June 6, 2015
Total in report 12,802,740, updated 12,819,077
by Rebekah Riley