The article: These Gun Owners Are Least Likely Criminals, Report Finds
Concealed-carry permit holders are nearly the most law-abiding demographic of Americans, a new report by the Crime Prevention Research Center says-comparing the permit holders foremost with police.
"Indeed, it is impossible to think of any other group in the U.S. that is anywhere near as law-abiding," says the report, titled "Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States 2016."
From 2007 through 2015, permits issued by state and local governments increased by 215 percent, to more than 14 million Americans, according to the data.
In March, a federal judge cited a Brady Center legal brief in upholding the District of Columbia's law requiring citizens to give a reason for applying for a concealed permit. After that, Brady Center President Dan Gross said, "The fact is, despite the repugnant lies and wild west fantasies peddled by the corporate gun lobby, communities with a greater number of loaded, concealed guns are markedly more dangerous, and their citizens' lives are at greater risk."
The Gross comment conflicts with public opinion, which the report attributes to the rise in concealed-carry permits over the course of President Barack Obama's administration. A Rasmussen poll in June found 68 percent agree they "feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed."