Nearly Half of All Handgun Owners Plan to Apply for a CCW Permit in 2011

Nearly Half of All Handgun Owners Plan to Apply for a CCW Permit in 2011

Southwick Associates
Southwick Associates

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. –-( Nearly 3 out of every 4 recreational shooters and hunters in America owns at least one handgun according to a recent survey conducted by

Of particular significance, however, is the finding that the handgun owners who don’t already possess a concealed-carry permit, about 40 percent said they intend to apply for one within the next 12 months.

Nearly Half of All Handgun Owners Plan to Apply for a CCW Permit in 2011
Nearly Half of All Handgun Owners Plan to Apply for a CCW Permit in 2011

This strong interest in obtaining concealed-carry weapon (CCW) permits could mean a real demand for training and CCW-related accessories and firearms in the coming year.

“I see a real growth opportunity for qualified firearms instructors and shooting facilities in providing the training that many states require in order to secure a CCW permit,” said Rob Southwick, president of Southwick Associates, which designs and conducts the surveys at and

“Interest in CCW could also generate quite a market opportunity for companies that not only make handguns suitable for concealed carry, but also for manufacturers of accessories that serve that same market, such as holster and ammunition makers.”

Those who hunt, fish and target shoot are invited to participate in the surveys conducted on and Each month, participants who complete the survey are entered into a drawing for one of five $100 gift certificates to the sporting goods retailer of their choice.

About,, Launched in 2006, and, help the outdoor equipment industry, government fisheries and wildlife officials and conservation organizations track consumer activities and expenditure trends.

The information above represents only a small sample of the vast amount of data collected from the complete survey results and available to government agencies, businesses, the media and other interested parties. Results of these non-scientific surveys are statistically weighted to reflect the attitudes and habits of anglers and hunters across the United States.

About Southwick Associates:
Southwick Associates was founded in 1989 to serve state fish and wildlife agencies, as well as the sport-fishing and hunting industries. We specialize in economic and business statistics related to fish and wildlife. Our expertise includes measuring retail expenditures by anglers, hunters, wildlife viewers and other outdoor re-creationists; quantifying the jobs, tax revenues and other economic impacts of outdoor recreation; tracking trends within outdoor industries as well as identifying major distribution channels and the overall structure of specific outdoor-related industries; and analyzing the value of fish and wildlife resources and their uses including land transactions, new business ventures, fish kills and more. Visit:

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