Study finds massive increase in the number of Americans routinely carrying firearms

A new study has found that, between 2015 and 2019, the number of Americans who carry guns on a daily basis doubled, The Guardian reports

What’s more, is that the study’s lead author, epidemiology professor Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, expects the trend to continue.

That, no doubt, is the last thing that President Joe Biden and anti-Second Amendment Democrats want to hear.

The numbers

The study comes from the University of Washington, and it was published in the American Journal of Public Health.

What Rowhani-Rahbar and his team found is that the number of Americans carrying guns on a daily basis increased from around 3 million in 2015 to about 6 million in 2019.

That’s on a daily basis. On a monthly basis, the figure is about 16 million, which is about a third of all gun owners.

The “why?”

As for what caused this increase, Rowhani-Rahbar attributes it to a shift in the way Americans view guns.

The Guardian reports:

The new estimates highlight a decades-long shift in American gun ownership, with increasing percentages of gun owners saying they own firearms for self-defense, not hunting or recreation, and choosing to carry a gun with them when they go out in public, said ​​Ali Rowhani-Rahbar.

Also facilitating the increase, according to Rowhani-Rahbar, are changes to gun laws that have occurred in recent decades that have made it easier for law-abiding Americans to carry guns.

Breitbart News reports:

Twenty-five states have adopted a constitutional carry framework for carrying a gun for self-defense. Those 25 states are:  Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Alabama’s constitutional carry law goes into effect January 1, 2023.

Looking forward

Rowhani-Rahbar made it clear that he and his team “have every reason to believe this is a trend that is probably going to continue.”

If true, this means that the figures quoted above are already higher today than they were in 2019. One would expect that the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen will help the trend to continue.

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