According to an article publish last month by Fox News, there has been a sharp increase in the number of Americans with permits to carry concealed weapons. this coincides with an equally sharp drop in violent crime, according to a new study by the Crime Prevention Research Center.
The study found that 11.1 million Americans now have permits to carry concealed weapons, up from 4.5 million in 2007. The 146 percent increase has come as both murder and violent crime rates have dropped by 22 percent.
Six states don’t require a permit for legal gun owners to conceal their weapons, and those states have some of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation. There are 10 states where more than 8 percent of adults hold concealed carry permits, and all are among the states with the lowest crime rates.
Florida has the most active concealed carry permits, at nearly 1.3 million. Texas is second, at just more than 708,000, while Hawaii, at 183, has the fewest of states whose data was available.
“When you allow people to carry concealed handguns, you see changes in the behavior of criminals.” – John R. Lott, Crime Prevention Research Center