NSSF Report Shows Continuing Growth for Concealed-Carry Market

The most recent data from the Crime Prevention Research Center shows that approximately 17.3 million Americans now hold a concealed carry license. That’s an increase of nearly 890,000 over the previous year. Of course, this increase comes as no surprise to those of us in the firearms industry, as it has been widely known that small, semi-automatic pistols and concealable revolvers have been hot items at gun counters across the country for years. What was not known, however, were the behaviors, perceptions, and attitudes of these consumers that hold a concealed-carry license.

That’s now changed. NSSF, along with research partner InfoManiacs and groups such as the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) and A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League, developed and administered a consumer survey to better understand this important segment. 

More than 4,500 concealed-carry holders participated in this study, and their responses were combined to create NSSF’s Concealed Carry Market report. The report is filled with insights such as duration of gun ownership, type and number of firearms owned, frequency of carry, reasons for obtaining a permit to carry, other items carried for self-defense, type of ammunition used, dollar amounts spent on firearms and accessories, and much more. 

Top-line information on the report is discussed in a brief webinar (nssf.org/research/consumer-studies/), while the full report is available for free to NSSF members by logging on to the member portal at nssf.org.