According to state reporting to GAO, there were at least 8 million active permits to carry concealed handguns in the United States as of December 31, 2011.This is more than my estimate of 7.6 million active licenses in the 49 states.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
New GAO Report on Concealed Carry
It is here, and appears to be a very careful analysis of existing concealed carry laws, prepared for Congress when they were discussing laws to mandate reciprocity. Interestingly enough: