Number of Handgun Owners Carrying Daily Doubles In 4 Years

The number of handgun owners carrying daily has doubled in the United States over four years, as more people are citing personal protection concerns as the reason for carrying a firearm, according to a new study.

  • The number of Americans who said they carried handguns within the last month nearly doubled from 9 million in 2015 to 16 million in 2019, the study states.
  • The study does not include post-pandemic data. However, 7.5 million American adults became new gun owners from January 2019 to April 2021, according to a study published in February by the Annals of Internal Medicine.
  • While the new firearm owners were mostly purchasing handguns, the study did not state whether they carried the weapons.