Black Women Carrying Guns in Chicago, Part of National Trend

By Dean Weingarten

Black Women Buy Guns Nationwide
Black Women Buy Guns Nationwide
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona -( – A recent article in the Chicago Tribune detailed the experiences of a black woman who obtained a concealed carry permit in Chicago. The article is surprisingly positive about her experiences. An important point is that minority women make up a significant percentage of the growth in concealed carry permits nationwide. From

Robinzine, 51, is a gun owner with a concealed carry license. Since she received her permit in late spring, she carries her firearm wherever she goes.

“It’s like a part of me now,” Robinzine said with the smile.

Data show Robinzine is part of a burgeoning group in Cook County: black women obtaining concealed carry permits. Since Illinois began issuing licenses in 2014, the number of African-American women receiving a permit in Cook County has grown every year.

About 800 black women got a license in 2014, according to Illinois State Police. So far in 2017, nearly 1,400 black women have received a concealed carry permit — already more than all of 2016. In all, more than 4,000 black women have received a concealed carry license in Cook County.

4,000 black women with permits to carry guns for self-defense may not seem like a lot in Cook County, Illinois. The County, dominated by Chicago, has a population of 5.2 million. That is less than one legally armed black woman on the streets for each thousand residents.

Illinois was the last state to allow for legal concealed carry of handguns, in 2014. Chicago fought against the exercise of Second Amendment rights and continues to do so. It took two Supreme Court decisions (Heller and McDonald) and a Seventh Circuit decision to force the Illinois Legislature to pass the law.

Permits have only been issued for three years. The growth in permits for blacks and women has been highlighted in research of the Crime Prevention Research Center. From the CRPC:

There are now over 16.3 million permit holders, a record 1.83 million increase in permits since last July. Nationwide, 6.5% adults have a concealed handgun permit. Outside of California and New York, 8 percent of adults have a permit. Permits for women and blacks are increasing much faster than they are for men and whites.

Black women with guns destroy the stereotype that guns are only for old white men.  John Lott’s research shows that the utility of guns for defense against violent crime is greater in high-crime areas. From the 1996 paper:

For most violent crimes such as murder, rape, and aggravated assault concealed weapons laws have a much greater deterrent effect in high crime counties, while for robbery, property crimes, auto theft, burglary, and larceny the effect appears to be greatest in low crime counties.

The result may seem obvious now. Recall that in 1996, the “common sense” assumption in the national media was that more guns caused more crime. The assumption has been derailed as the per capita number of firearms in the United States has increased from .89 in 1993 to 1.125 in 2015, while the homicide rate dropped in half. In addition, people with concealed carry permits have shown themselves to be extremely law-abiding, much more than the general population, and more than police officers.

The highest densities of black women live in high-crime areas. Chicago is a classic example.  It is not surprising that black women are discovering the utility of the legal carry of defensive firearms.

©2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

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About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Tyler Dahl

So so awesome to see that. Glad to see that some people are taking it upon themselves to self-protect. If everyone did this, Chicago would be so so much more safe.
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This looks like something smart is happening. Black women are the strength of the black population and this is a terrific move for those ladies in the right direction. You go, Ladies!

Bob Shell

When any law abiding group are allowed to defend themselves only good things will happen. Good for those women in Chicago as the corrupt mayor is more interested in protecting illegals especially criminals

Samuel Stephens

GOOD, nice to read articles about people are taking it upon themselves for self protection, ccw present now, cops minutes away.


“… the per capita number of firearms in the United States…” This should read, “per person” rather than “per capita” [which is usually measured in units per 100,000]

The math works that way. About 400 million firearms, and about 350 million people… does indeed equal 1.125 firearms per person.

Otherwise, an excellent article!

Missouri Born

Is the Illinois police profiling by telling the number of black women with conceal license?
Very surprised the media hasn’t made that comment.


Even more interesting point would be – are the Chicago police “profiling” by stopping LESS Black women now?

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