Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie claimed recently on NBC that 8 percent of Americans outside of New York and California have concealed carry permits.
Massie’s figure holds up, although permits as a percentage of the adult population for all 50 states is lower at 6.6 percent.
Many Republicans including President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Rick Scotthave warmed to enacting new gun control measures in the wake of a Florida school shooting that left 17 dead. Recent polls indicate that around two-thirds of Americans, including – according to some polling – a slight majority of Republicans, support stricter gun control.
Yet Massie, founder and head of the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, has remained steadfastly opposed to gun control measures that Trump, Scott and even the National Rifle Association (NRA) support. When asked about his views, Massie told NBC host Chuck Todd that gun culture is more widespread than he might suspect.
“You’re in a bubble. If you take out New York and California, 8 percent of Americans have concealed carry permits,” Massie claimed on “Meet The Press.” “And the people watching this show right now? There are a lot of them getting ready for church in middle America. Putting their guns on. Millions of them, they’re going to be carrying guns to church, and to family dinner after that, and they’re going to be safe.”
Data from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), a pro-gun rights think tank, indicate that there are about 16.5 million active concealed carry permits in the U.S., only 182,000 of which have been issued by the populous states of California and New York. “Outside the restrictive states of California and New York, about 8% of the adult population has a permit,” a July CPRC report noted.
CPRC data, which has been updated since July, reveals that permits as a percentage of the adult population is 6.6 percent for all 50 states.