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Interest in concealed carry permits continues to be the number one driving force behind firearms sales in this country.
That fact was driven home at a recent joint press conference conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and industry-leading researcher Southwick Associates. There, speakers noted how concealed carry permits in the United States had grown by as much as 70 percent in the relatively short time frame between 2010, when there were an estimated 6.9 million CCW permit holders, and 2014, with an estimated 11.7 million permit holders—numbers that continue to climb.
Amidst the growth, there has also been a shift of public opinion with more households saying a gun in the home is apt to make it safer, not less so. More guns in citizens’ hands have not lead to more crime, either. Department of Justice statistics prove that citing how homicides with firearms have dropped 39 percent between 1993 and 2011 and other crimes committed with firearms have dropped a whopping 69 percent in that same time frame.
Still, being a victim of random crime, while statistically in most individual’s favor, does occur everyday as witnessed on the news. Terror attacks such as the one that recently rocked Paris and threats of more violence in Europe and the United States by groups such as ISIS are now a real concern. Even anti-gun Sen. Dianne Feinstein was quoted by CNN as saying, “I think there are sleeper cells not only in France but certainly in other countries and, yes, in our own. This calls for vigilance … ”
The vigilance she called for centered on obtaining intelligence and remaining watchful. But CCW holders take this vigilance to the next step as an effort to protect themselves.
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While most self-defense experts will tell you the first and often wisest course of action in any violent encounter is to retreat from the situation, sometimes that’s simply not an option. Being armed and trained to use a gun can be the best insurance policy anyone can own. It may give you a fighting chance where none before existed. Such is the power and utility of firearms.
This article appeared in the Spring 2015 Concealed Carry issue of Gun Digest the Magazine.