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March 26, 2010

The Rise in Concealed Carry Permits


A story on MSNBC.com details the significant rise in concealed carry permits, noting a "five-fold increase . . . from fewer than 1 million in the 1980s to an estimated 6 million today."

The story focuses on Utah and Florida, states that grant concealed carry permits to non-residents.

Reporter Mike Stuckey worked with Marty Hayes, owner of Firearms Academy of Seattle, to take his "first shots." (Marty and his wife, Gila, a firearms instructor and author, helped NSSF host one of its Media Education Seminars at FAS.) Read the MSNBC.com story, watch the video of Marty and see the interactive map that tracks the major increase in the number of "shall-issue" states since 1986.