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 Kristen McMains case: The armed defender’s dilemma

The Kristen McMains case is the story of a young woman who used her concealed firearm to end a vicious, life-threatening attack. On the evening of January 26, 2016, the 25-year-old attorney left her office and stepped into a parking garage elevator. A suspicious man had followed her across the skywalk and joined her. As the elevator doors closed, McMains’ fear spiked when the stranger didn’t push a button. “I had the instinctive feeling I was going to die tonight,” she said, “unless I did something.”

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