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Women, minorities rush to get concealed carry permits, up 34%

The growth of adults holding permits to carry concealed guns has surged 34% in the past four years and the rush to get one has resulted in long lines as some counties have faced cutbacks due to the coronavirus crisis, according to a new report.



a group of people looking at a book: Andrea Schry, right, fills out the buyer part of legal forms to buy a handgun as shop worker Missy Morosky fills out the vendors parts after Dukes Sport Shop reopened, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New Castle, Pa. Women and minorities are leading in the purchase of guns and application for concealed carry permits.


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Andrea Schry, right, fills out the buyer part of legal forms to buy a handgun as shop worker Missy Morosky fills out the vendors parts after Dukes Sport Shop reopened, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in New Castle, Pa. Women and minorities are leading in the purchase of guns and application for concealed carry permits.

John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center revealed that there are 19.48 million permit holders, 820,000 more than in 2019.

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He found that women and minorities are leading in the applications. “Permits for women and minorities continue to increase at a much faster rate than for either

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