Concealed carry permit holders across the United States: 2021

During the Coronavirus pandemic, the number of concealed handgun permits has soared to over 21.52 million – a 48% increase since 2016. It’s also a 10.5% increase over the number of permits we counted a year ago in 2020. Unlike gun ownership surveys that may be affected by people’s unwillingness to answer personal questions, concealed handgun permit data is the only really “hard data” that we have. This increase occurred despite 21 Constitutional Carry states that no longer provide data on all those legally carrying a concealed handgun because people in those states no longer need a permit to carry.

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Court rejects qualified immunity for cop who arrested gun owner carrying valid permit

In a welcome win for police accountability and gun rights, a federal court rejected a Connecticut police officer’s demand for qualified immunity after he arrested a driver with a valid gun permit for his legally owned firearm. Blocking the driver’s lawsuit and siding with the officer, Judge Janet Bond Atherton wrote in her opinion, “would eviscerate Fourth Amendment protections for lawfully armed individuals.”

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The Melinda Herman Case: Six shots to save your life

Donnie Herman owned two guns for home defense. One was a .38 revolver, and Donnie took his wife Melinda to the range to learn how to fire it in case she’d ever have to use it to protect herself or her 9-year-old twins. That circumstance arose just two weeks later when, home alone with her children, Melinda was confronted by an intruder.

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Texas joins 21 other states asking U.S. Supreme Court for clarity on major gun rights case

  • Multistate coalition is asking the justices to uphold Hawaiians’ Second Amendment rights to bear arms outside their homes and overturn a federal appeals court.

Texas has joined 21 states led by the attorneys general of Louisiana, Arizona, and Montana in an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in a major gun rights case.

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