U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- A new study out from the Crime Prevention Research Center shows that contrary to the perception often seen in the national media, more and more Americans are embracing their right to self-defense with the number of concealed carry permits in the U.S. jumping to over 17.25 million this past year. That’s an increase of 890,000 permits in just the last year.
This new report also comes as students across the country prepare to go back to school and states like Texas are leading the way with armed guards to protect teachers and students while other states still lag behind. There are currently eight states that also allow teachers to carry weapons in all primary school settings.
“States like Texas and millions of Americans know that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, and that’s why more and more Americans are taking the right to self-defense very seriously,” said Tim Schmidt, Founder and President of the United States Concealed Carry Association. “Every American, and particularly our teachers and school administrators, should have the right to personal safety and the ability to protect those around them. As students across the country prepare to return to school it’s our hope that elected officials across the country will recognize that support for concealed carry continues to grow across the country and they will pass policies that help to support it.”
The USCCA has helped train tens of thousands of Americans become responsibly armed Americans. For example, at USCCA’s annual expo in Louisville in April there were several training seminars on topics such as Mitigating the Active Shooter Threat in Our Schools, Protecting Our Places of Worship: Church Safety and Security Training, and Countering the Mass Shooter Threat.
The United States Concealed Carry Association has been urging lawmakers in Congress to follow through on their promise to pass national concealed carry reciprocity, which would ensure that concealed carry permits issued in one state would be considered valid in the other 49 states. U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act through S.446 last year and Congressman Richard Hudson (R-NC) did the same through the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 in H.R.446. The House bill has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Both bills would ensure that concealed carry permits issued in one state would be respected in them all.
About The United States Concealed Carry Association
The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) provides education, training and self-defense insurance to responsible, American gun owners. Headquartered in West Bend, WI, the USCCA is the largest and fastest-growing association whose sole focus is the responsibly armed American.