Here’s some news: a recent study in the American Journal of Public Health states that approximately 3 million people in the nation are carrying a loaded gun every single day.
So how did they go about finding these numbers?
Researchers from Harvard, the University of Colorado, and the University of Washington conducted an online survey in which 4,000 adults participated. On the survey, participants answered questions regarding the frequency that they brought a loaded handgun with them outside the home.
In addition, the researchers discovered that 9 million gun owners carried approximately once every month. They theorized that these were likely 18-29 year old conservative men living in the southern U.S.
According to Guns.com:
“The objectives of the study were to “determine the frequency of loaded handgun carrying among US adult handgun owners, characterize those who carry, and examine concealed carrying by state concealed carry laws.”
“Four out of five of those who carried said protection was the main reason they armed themselves. About 6 percent said they’d been threatened by someone with a gun in the last five years.”
The results of this study are coming to light in a time when multiple states are eliminating laws that force concealed carry owners to have a permit. After all, Vermont was the sole U.S. state with “constitutional carry” before 2003. Now, in 2017, 11 more states are permitting citizens to carry without permit.
Multiple other states are also loosening the constraints on their permit laws. Because of these changes, concealed carry permit rates have been steadily rising from 2.7 million (1999) to over 14.5 million (2016).
According to the researchers of this study, their goal is to document their findings, and then discover more about how these changes have an affect (both short-term and long-term) on public health and safety.