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Percentage of Adults With Carry Permits in "Shall Issue" States
I am reproducing in its entirety a post by Ken Grubb which appeared this morning on the PA-CCW mailing list. This ranks each of the "shall issue" CCW states by the percentage of adults who have a permit to carry a concealed firearm.

After crunching through the 2000 Census and 2003 Census estimates, the numbers in Chris Bird's Fourth Edition "The Concealed Handgun Manual", some official sources online which are a little more current, and filling in a few gaps from a 1998 CCRKBA report, the winners are:

Percent of Adults with a License to Carry in each Shall Issue State

7.45% South Dakota
6.79% Indiana
6.76% Pennsylvania
5.23% Connecticut
5.12% Washington
4.34% Idaho
4.10% Utah
3.86% Oregon
3.45% Tennessee
3.15% Alabama
2.72% Florida
2.71% Kentucky
2.67% Wyoming
2.41% Maine
2.18% Arkansas
2.11% Virginia
1.94% West Virginia
1.76% Arizona
1.75% Oklahoma
1.70% Montana
1.70% Michigan
1.62% Texas
1.39% South Carolina
1.34% North Dakota
1.00% North Carolina
0.86% Mississippi
0.62% Louisiana
0.58% Nevada
0.45% Minnesota
0.36% Missouri
0.33% Ohio
0.20% Colorado
0.17% New Mexico <-- Slight correction 12/22/04, per Ken Grubb

Honorable mentions go to Georgia and New Hampshire. These are "old wave" Shall Issue states--IOW, pre Florida. Because issuance is scattered among many local agencies, no one in either Georgia or New Hampshire is collecting statewide numbers on how many folks are packing. Seems reasonable to place 'em somewhere between the two statistical extremes among the other "old wave" states (South and North Dakota). However, if I were a bettin' man I'd put 'em near the top, and probably above Washington.

Total licensees among the Shall Issue states (excluding Georgia and New

Total population living in True Right To Carry states (Alaska and Vermont):
1,267,925 (0.44 percent)

Total population living in Shall Issue states:
185,039,207 (63.75 percent)

Total population living in May Issue states:
81,350,620 (28.03 percent)

Total population living in No Issue states:
22,588,641 (7.78 percent)

Ken Grubb
Bellevue, WA
Georgia got a "Honorable mention"... lol

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Why is PA so high on the list? They are virtually surrounded by liberals.

I'm from Indiana and that number has to be close. I think Indiana has been "shall issuing" forever... well before the national CCW movement in the 80's and 90's. Lots of permits.

GA is probably pretty high. I agree with the author it's probably in the top 5. If people would get their licenses in the 60 days required we would probably be #3. Our continuous backlog keeps us lower :(

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AL is techincally not shall issue. However all Sheriffs issue permits. The common thought is if one refused the courts or general assembly would overrule him(or her) and reelection would be impossible.

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Bumping this old thread for new info.

According to the GeorgiaCarry.Org website, GCO estimates that there are 400,000 gun carry permit holders in Georgia. This isn't just how many new permits are issued or renewed in any given year-- it accounts for anybody whose permit is still valid from having been issued in the last 5 years.

GCO’s website says that there are 400,000 gun carry permit holders in this state.

So I went looking around the internet to see what kind of number I can come up with for the adult (over 21, preferably) population of Georgia, minus illegal aliens and convicted felons (who can't have any guns or ammo, much less a carry permit).

Various websites full of demographic data from the 2010 Census say that Georgia’s ADULT population, over age 18, is about 7.2 million.
Let’s guess that it would be 7 million even if we only counted people over age 21 and thus eligible to get a handgun carry permit.
Estimates are that there are 500,000 illegal aliens in Georgia.
That drops the pool of eligible adults down from 7 million to 6.5 million.

Nationally, there are about 25 million convicted felons in the USA. It is difficult to find statistics on what percent of the populations have a felony record, as most websites that deal with such statistics only care about what percentage of people are forbidden from VOTING by way of a felony conviction. But we cant use that as a guide, since MANY states automatically restore voting rights to felons simply after a certain period of time, but most states don’t restore gun rights so easily.

25 million felons divided by an estimated 210 million Americans over age 21 is nearly 12%. So let’s say that 12% of Americans who are old enough to get pistol permit are ineligible due to a prior felony conviction.

If that percentage holds true for Georgia, that means that 780,000 are prohibited from possessing guns for that reason. 6.5 million minus 0.78 million = 5.72 million possible GWCL holders, if they were so inclined to apply for one.

So we have 400,000 gun permits among 5.72 million people who probably “could†get one if they wanted to. That’s 6.9% Round it off to 7%

Georgia is a well-armed state! I had guessed that the percentage would be more like 4%, and perhaps it was back several years ago.

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Re: Alabama

ber950 said:
AL is techincally not shall issue. However all Sheriffs issue permits. The common thought is if one refused the courts or general assembly would overrule him(or her) and reelection would be impossible.
Unless you voted for the other candidate for Sheriff. If you do that, the Sheriff in Alabama can and do deny permits as retaliation.

Well, OK, not always, but at least in 1 case:


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I was referring to blanket denials. Like the Sheriffs in California.

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Gunsmoker, the general feeling is that Ga. has over 600,000 active licenses. But, as usual................the numbers aren't all there.


45_Fan said:
2005 59,650
2006 56,833
2007 58,396
2008 101,656
2009 124,503
2005-2009 401,038 licensees estimated to have been in the wild...

Source: ... &Itemid=87

The rumor is that the 2010 number beat the 2009 number. Assuming that it only beat it by a single license, there would have been 465,892 licensees from 2006-2010. Georgia's population in 2010 was estimated to be 9,687,653. 69.8% or 6,762,553 people in Georgia were 21 years or older in 2010.

Source: ... l?src=bkmk

If I did my math right, my estimate is that 6.9% or 1 in 14.5 adults that are 21 years of age or older in Georgia have a license. Maybe better than 1 in 14, but we can revisit this once the 2010 probate numbers get posted. If I didn't do my math right, somebody please chime in so I can fix my numbers!
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