“These numbers reflect all transactions and the current status of permits, since the inception of the CCW program in Arizona on September 8, 1994,” azdps.gov‘s website informs above concealed carry stats revealed today. “Please note, these numbers do not reflect changes, such as a permit that was suspended and later reinstated.” Regardless, we’re looking at 212k permits in a state with some six million legal residents. Not a bad tally, both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of the total population. Then again, we are talking about a state bordering on Mexico, where drug cartel violence spills over like salsa out of a broken, overstuffed taco shell. And a state with Constitutional Carry. Make the jump for the demographic breakdown for the Copper State’s concealed carriers . . . [h/t AL]
Current Arizona Statistics
Statistics Last Updated: 2/2/2014 7:06:56 AM
Active Suspended Revoked
212086 3079 1155It looks like about 3.5% of the overall population in Arizona has a concealed carry permit. When you consider that the population figure includes children and young people who are not eligible, you've got your 6% that we've seen in the past.
In addition to that, Constitutional Carry means that only those who want to take advantage of interstate reciprocity bother with the permit. So we're talking about a much higher percentage of the adult population carrying guns. The actual figure of people carrying guns in a given crowd would be, what, 10%, maybe 15%? (I'll have to go back and adjust my estimates concerning the Loughner shooting which were based on only 6%.)
The suspended and revoked numbers add up to a full 2% of the total permit holders. This is a good bit higher than the bogus numbers we keep hearing about in places like Florida, Texas and Minnesota. And considering that Arizona is one of the most gun-friendly and gun-tolerant states in the country, the percentage of concealed carry fuck-ups is quite high, as you would expect.