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How Many Concealed Handgun Permits are there in North Carolina?

About two weeks ago I sent an FOIA request to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. I asked them to give me the total number of active Concealed Handgun Permits in North Carolina as of January 1 of each year from the start of Shall Issue in December of 1995 until January 1 of this year. Here’s what they gave me.

YearTotal Active CHPs
199721,821
199830,431
199937,454
200045,067
200146,225
200251,223
200356,625
200461,145
200565,012
200674,935
200785,368
2008100,052
2009129,332
2010177,787
2011211,947
2012249,063
2013302,640
2014387,595
2015430,419
2016484,427
2017574,618
2018624,207
2019654,223

Or to put that in graphical form

Bear in mind that NC does NOT issue non-resident CHPs. These are all NC residents applying for CHPs in their home counties.

When I moved back to NC in 2010 there were 177K CHPs and now there are 654K. That’s a meteoric rise. Let’s see if we can push it over 1 million. If everyone who had a CHP encouraged one other person to get one, we’d make 1 million by next year.