This week we released our annual report on the number of concealed handgun permits. In 2019, there are at least 18.66 million permits, an increase of 1.4 million over our study last year. Women and minorities, including blacks, have seen relatively large increases in the number of permits. The strong growth is all the more remarkable given that we now have 16 states where people can carry without a permit. In those states, the number of permits has fallen. So much for the claim that after the 2016 election, the demand for permits would decrease. Again we show evidence about how incredibly law-abiding concealed handgun permits holders are. I hope that you will please download a copy of our report. Reports from past years are available here. Fox News wrote a news story on our research. Breitbart, The Blaze, and other news outlets also covered it.
I also testified before the Pennsylvania state Senate, and I think that it went well, and my testimony was the only one that got applause from those attending the hearing. I was asked to testify last so that I could criticize the statements from the long list of pro-gun control advocates who were at the hearing.
With the push for gun control, I have been doing some TV. On Fox News, I debated a gun control advocate on how to stop mass public shootings. On NewsMax TV, I talked to John Cardillo about what we expect in President Trump’s background check proposals. My op-eds at Townhall have covered everything from Democrat calls for banning guns, a national gun registry, and the increase concealed handgun permits.
At the Gun Rights Policy Conference, I again received the Scholar of the Year Award. My talk at the conference covered all the laws being pushed before Congress right now.
Videos are also available of Congressman Thomas Massie and Maj Toure made use of our research during congressional testimony.
Our Nikki Goeser also gave a powerful radio interview that talked about her book and Red Flag Laws.
If you haven’t seen it, I would also ask you to take a look at our new research on what academic think about gun control. It is the largest sample done on people who have published research on firearms policy.
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John R. Lott, Jr.