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.
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.
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.
More than 200,000 Minnesotans now hold carry permits, marking an historic high, and state data indicate more permit holders are younger and female, according to a firearms advocacy group’s analysis of latest monthly statistics.
A Georgia business owner recently implemented a company policy requiring all employees to obtain a state-issued concealed carry permit and to be armed with a handgun for protection while doing business for the insurance firm.