The number of conceal carry permits in Indiana issued to residents of Indiana has risen substantially over the past four years, especially to women, who’s number of conceal carry permit holders has nearly doubled since 2012, making them the fastest growing demographic in the gun industry.
Overall, the amount of concealed carry permit holders has increased by 50% since 2012 according to a study by the IndyStar and this years figures show that the number will easily surpass last years record. In the first three months of 2016, more than 50,000 conceal carry licenses were issued to Indiana residents, which is is more than half of what was issued in all of 2015. If Indiana kept up that pace for the year, they would have issued more than double what they did the whole year before.
The number of women carrying conceal carry permits has spiked dramatically over the past four years, nearly doubling the amount of concealed carry permits issued to women. In 2012, there were 92,000 conceal carry permits issued to women, but by the beginning of 2016, there were more than 174,000 women with a valid carry license.
In Indiana, residents are not required to register their firearms, nor do they need a license to purchase handguns or long guns. If they do want to carry a firearm however, they are required to have a license to carry.
Many officials say the reasoning that the number of conceal carry licenses has jumped so much is because in the wake of mass shootings, there is a push for more gun control measures. As a result, to protect their Second Amendment right, residents purchase firearms before those gun control measures reach them because they want to be able to have a gun to protect themselves.
“Anytime there is an issue in the news where politicians are talking about limiting people’s right to bear arms, that proportionally usually results in an increase in people buying licenses to carry,” Indiana State Police Capt. Dave Bursten told the IndyStar.