Most people don’t grow up learning how to become a concealed carry firearms permit holder. In fact, from a very young age we are taught that guns are dangerous and can cause harm. As we grow older, however, we realize that the world is a dangerous place and if you don’t learn how to take care of yourself, you will find yourself becoming the victim of a terrible crime. Probably for that very reason, there are over 16.3 million people in the U.S. that are legal concealed carry permit holders. In fact, since 2007, the number of concealed carry permits issued in the U.S has increased 256%.
Most people that decide to get a concealed carry permit usually have a very personal reason for doing so. Here are 10 of the most common reasons.
1. Self Defense
Every 98 seconds someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. 90% of adult rape victims are female. A peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology found that when someone draws a concealed gun in self-defense, the criminal retreats 55.5% of the time. According to a recent report by Fox News, more women are seeking concealed carry permit training to learn to protect themselves from crime than ever before.
2. Protection of Your Loved Ones
FBI Crime Statistics show that Violent Crime is still a very real threat in the U.s with more than 7,000 murders and 189, 718 aggravated assaults happening each year. There could be no worse feeling than to be faced with some violent criminal threatening harm to your family and being helpless to prevent it. 2 in 3 gun owners say that protection of loved ones is the main reason for owning a gun.
3. Prevent Home Invasion
According to the FBI Crime Reports, there are 125,289 armed robberies annually in the U.S. The average police response time to an emergency 911 call is 11 minutes and in some larger cities like New York City, Chicago or Detroit, that response time is doubled. If your home is being broken into by a burglar, the police can do very little to prevent that crime from happening or turning violent. As a concealed carry permit holder, you have the right to use lethal force to defend your home from intruders.
4. Prevent a Car Jacking
Stealing a car the old-fashioned way has become more difficult with attention-getting car alarms and locking devices in place. And it seems that the more advanced our technology becomes, the higher our risk of being carjacked. According to the National Crime Victimization Survey by the FBI, approximately 38,000 carjackings occur each year. A carjacking can happen, anywhere and anytime and in 74% of cases, the carjacker is armed. You would be better able to defend yourself against a carjacker as a concealed carry firearms holder.
5. Provides a Sense of Safety & Security
Rather than being a victim, concealed handgun carriers have a sense of safety and security, especially when going outside at night or in dangerous areas. Their concealed carry permit training teaches them situational awareness where they learn to be more attuned to what is going on around them so as to be prepared for unexpected trouble.
6. Deter Crime
By national measures, violent crime has fallen dramatically after peaking in the early 1990s, and that drop has largely coincided with the expansion of the freedom to carry concealed guns.
In a public interview, Detroit Police Chief Larry Craig said permitted concealed weapons are a deterrent to crime. A survey of 15,000 current and retired police officers found that 91.3% support the concealed carry of guns by civilians.
7. Defend Yourself in Your Place of Business
According to the National Center for Workplace Violence, millions of workers experience violence or the threat of violence in their workplaces every year ranging from physical assaults to robbery and homicide. Workers in certain occupations such as taxi drivers, and those that work alone at night are particularly vulnerable to workplace violence. While not every business permits concealed carriers to carry in the workplace, many do and those with a concealed carry permit would be better able to protect themselves.
8. Improves Your Self Confidence
There is something self satisfying about knowing that you are able to take care of yourself and your loved ones in the event of an attack on persons or property. It gives you self confidence that you are now in control and will not likely be victimized.
9. Concealed Carry Training Can Become a Hobby
Once you have obtained a concealed carry permit, you will likely want to practice and perfect your firearms skills by using a shooting range. There are over 18,000 firing ranges are in operation in the U.S. Shooting ranges, both indoor and outdoor, have become a place for family, friends and co-workers to socialize, learn to handle a gun and compare notes on gun gear. Many ranges offer classes, competitions and special event days and nights.
10. Exercise Your Second Amendment Right
The Constitution of the United States grants its citizens the Right to Bear Arms. For that very reason, all 50 states permit the concealed carry of a firearm although not all state’s laws are the same. 12 states do not require a permit to concealed carry a legally purchased firearm. 30 states “Shall Issue” a concealed permit if a person meets background check requirements. 9 states “May Issue” (can choose not to issue) a concealed carry permit.