According to CPRC’s John Lott Jr., the number of carry permit holders has reached an all-time high of 15 million.
“As of the beginning of this year, there were over 14.5 million concealed-carry permits in the U.S.,” Lott wrote. “That represents a 215 percent increase in the number of permits since 2007. Since then, there has been an increase of about 100,000 permits in just Florida alone, so the total is probably near 15 million now.
“Yet those numbers are clearly an underestimate of the number of people who can legally carry, because there are 12 states now where you don’t need a permit to be able to carry. And while some people in those states still get a permit to be able to carry outside their state, the number of permits in these constitutional carry states does tend to fall.”
Louisiana Vote Strengthens Pro-Gun Majority In U.S. Senate
In Saturday’s run-off election, Louisiana voters elected Republican John Kennedy to the U.S. Senate, strengthening the pro-gun majority in that legislative body.
The election of Kennedy, currently the Louisiana state treasurer, gives Republicans a 52-48 edge in the upcoming legislative session. Kennedy told supporters that he represents the sort of change in Washington that Americans supported nationwide when they voted for President-elect Donald Trump.
“I believe that our future can be better than our present, but not if we keep going in the direction the Washington insiders have taken us the last eight years,” Kennedy said. “That's about to change, folks.”
Indiana Homeowner Fights Off Robbers
An Indianapolis homeowner on Friday morning opened fire on three people who were were trying to break into his home, sending two to a nearby hospital.
According local media reports, Indianapolis police said someone inside the home heard a knock at the door and didn't answer. Three people then tried kicking in the door, prompting the homeowner to shoot.
“If you're in the business of committing crimes, you may choose that house where the homeowner is armed behind that door,” Major Richard Riddle, with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, told CBS4Indy.com. “A homeowner in certain incidents has the right to defend their castle in the state of Indiana.”
Police continue to search for the third suspect, who was not shot.