While the well-publicized upsurge in personal-protection firearms sales taking place during 2009 and most of 2010 has subsided slightly in recent months, there continues to be a significant nationwide expansion and liberalization of concealed-carry statutes as well as a growing interest by Americans to acquire permits to carry firearms.
The number of Floridians permitted to carry handguns for personal protection rose by nearly one-third for the first five months of 2012, compared with the same period a year earlier.
While in excess of 40 percent more permits to carry concealed handguns for personal protection in Ohio were issued during the first quarter of 2012 than during the same period in 2010, Buckeyes still have some catching up to do with their neighbors.
Women make up about 1/5 of Florida's 1 million people licensed to carry concealed.
After tragedy struck in Arkansas, more real estate professionals are taking steps to ensure their own defense.
A federal judge on July 23 ordered Maryland officials to cease the enforcement of a law that prohibits state residents from receiving concealed-carry handgun permits unless they provide a "good and substantial reason" to carry their concealed guns in public.
Valid CCW permit holders may soon be able to carry in New Mexico State Parks .
Law enforcement officials are warning recipients of text messages that claim their concealed carry permit is ready for pickup or that provides a URL for renewal—or any variation of the CCW theme—should delete the message immediately and not click on provided links.