The anti-gun media can scream for gun control all it wants, but Americans will not stop arming themselves.
More notably, many are taking an extra step by obtaining concealed carry permits at record rates. According to a Washington Examiner report, the number of concealed carry permit holders reached 20 million.
All of this despite shutdown madness taking place across blue states in America.
From 1999 up until the present, the number of concealed handgun permit holders increased by “at least seven-fold”, according to AmmoLand. This trend is not disappearing anytime soon.
From a big picture point of view, gun sales have been booming this year. So far in 2020, 15.4 million background checks were conducted, which has already overtaken 2019’s total and set to surpass the 2016 record of 15.7 million background checks. 40% of the 2020 buyers — roughly 6.2 million — are first time gun buyers.
Gun researcher John Lott of the Crime Research Prevention Center noticed a diversifying base of gun owners. Lott said, “Permits for women and minorities continue to increase at a much faster rate than for either men or whites.” The CPRC reported that about 20 million Americans currently hold a concealed carry permit. Back in 1999, there were 2.7 million permit holders.
A number of states used the Wuhan virus pandemic hysteria as a pretext to clamp down on concealed carry permit applications. This has caused a notable decrease in Americas acquiring concealed carry permits in 2020, which stands at 800,000. In 2018 and 2019, 1.4 million and 890,000 Americans bought permits, respectively.
Larry Keane of AmmoLand listed the states that are witnessing reduced growth in permit applications:
Contributing to the reduction in permit application growth is the fact that thirteen states ceased processing concealed carry applications altogether for a period of time. Those states included Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. In Pennsylvania, the backlog in permit processing has led to lawsuits.
Although this is somewhat unsettling, the fact people are still buying firearms in high numbers shows that the Second Amendment won’t go away so easily. This has to give anti-gun lunatics headaches.
As long as the Second Amendment is nominally respected, Americans will continue to find ways to arm themselves.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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