Number of CCW Holders


How many CCW holders are there?

At least 6.8 million.

Although no unified, national statistic is available for the number of permits for carrying a concealed weapon (CCW) in the United States, the American Firearms Institute places the estimate to be between 120 and 280 million. It is legal to CCW in 40 states in the U.S., with 36 states requiring a CCW permit to do so.

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5 Responses

  1. Chris

    April 11, 2011 7:47 pm

    I do believe you are a bit high in your estimate of people who hold a permit allowing them to carry a firearm. Your number seems closer to the number of guns owned by people in the US. I have read other estimates indicating there are around 4-5 million people who have a permit to carry a firearm. You might want to update your info.

  2. Kevin Rush

    December 24, 2013 7:23 pm

    This needs to be checked. The entire U.S. population is approximately 320 million people and your own reporting of licenses per state reads as follows: “Based on available data, Florida has the most number of permits issued with 692,621 as of January 2010, followed by Pennsylvania with 627,068 as of 2008 and Texas with 314,574 as of 2008.”

    Even 700,000 licenses per state would net only 35 million total licenses, not 120-280 million (which is greater than the U.S. adult population).

    Thank you.
    Kevin Rush

    • Tom

      April 16, 2014 10:42 pm

      Based on the claims by most states that issue CCW’s, that applications for a CCW in the past two years have far exceeded the number of applications in previous years, plus since the SCOUS decision that it is a constitutional right of self protection and have overturned the laws of many states with restrictive laws regarding CCW’s, a more accurate number, based on the math of Kevin Rush, is more like 10 to 12 Million. Remember, that’s the number of CCW’s and not the number of persons that carry all the time.
      I wouldn’t put any stock in any facts that MSNBC reported.


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