Number of CCW Licenses in Each State

When we created our CCW Infographic, we had originally intended to find and show the number of active concealed weapons licenses in each state. While this idea was really interesting, the data was hard to come by. Since each state issues its own CCW license, there is no one database containing this information. We found a really helpful website, Legally Armed, but much of the data was from different years and the sources were not verifiable. We felt that the data did not have enough integrity to make an infographic out of it, but it was still really interesting data and we wanted to share it. Below is a table containing the concealed weapons permits in each state. The table below gives the year and source for the data. If there is nothing in the source column, or it references an email or phone call, this data was from Legally Armed.

State Number of CCW Licenses
Alabama 350,000
Alaska 7,568  (Unrestriced State)
Arizona 167,240 (Unrestriced State)
Arkansas 113,824
California 32,666
Colorado 139,560
Connecticut 168,109
Delaware No Data
Florida 932,058
Georgia 368,987
Hawaii 183
Idaho 71,249
ILLINOIS 0
Indiana 420,711
Iowa 94,517
Kansas 50,661
Kentucky 216,463
Louisiana 40,302
Maine 29,000
Maryland 47,000
Massachusetts 224,000
Michigan 324,388
Minnesota 101,398
Mississippi 50,045
Missouri 142,476
Montana 27,708
Nebraska 15,432
Nevada 56,358
New Hampshire 6,830
New Jersey 1,595
New Mexico 17,298
New York 93,028
North Carolina 228,072
North Dakota 15,937
Ohio 282,907
Oklahoma 18,510
Oregon 135,416
Pennsylvania 627,068
Rhode Island 4,225
South Carolina 119,340
South Dakota 58,287
Tennessee 360,053
Texas 524,000
Utah 359,987
Vermont N/A (Unrestriced State)
Virginia 135,838
Washington 359,342
West Virginia 60,000
Wisconsin 100,000
Wyoming 3,737 (Unrestriced State)

In-Depth CCW Licenses Table

State Number of CCW Licenses Year Source
Alabama 350,000 Alabama Sheriffs Association
Alaska 7,568  (Unrestriced State) Alaska Department of Public Safety
Arizona 167,240 (Unrestriced State) Jun-12 http://www.azdps.gov/Services/Concealed_Weapons/Statistics/
Arkansas 113,824 Feb-12 Arkansas State Police
California 32,666 Sep-11 http://www.scribd.com/doc/68637860/CGF-2011-Statewide-Carry-License-Statistics-Report
Colorado 139,560 2011 http://cbi.state.co.us/ic/Stats/2011/August%202011%20Firearm%20Statistics.pdf
Connecticut 168,109 Mar-11 SPECIAL LICENSING & FIREARMS UNIT ( SGT. WILLIAM B. KRAUSS )/VIA EMAIL
Delaware No Data
Florida 932,058 Mar-12 http://licgweb.doacs.state.fl.us/stats/Number_of_Licensees_By_Type.pdf
Georgia 368,987 2010 GEORGIACARRY.ORG
Hawaii 183 2010
Idaho 71,249 2010 http://magicvalley.com/news/local/article_dffd5686-2440-51cc-8e31-fbac6eaf4c4e.html
ILLINOIS 0
Indiana 420,711 May-12 http://johnrlott.blogspot.com/search/label/numberpermits
Iowa 94,517 2010 http://hotair.com/archives/2012/01/03/walker-winning-the-concealed-carry-primary-in-wi-so-far/
Kansas 50,661 Jun-12 http://ag.ks.gov/docs/documents/concealed-carry-statistics.pdf?sfvrsn=36
Kentucky 216,463 2011 http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/ccdw/pdf/2011_CCDW_Annual_Report.pdf
Louisiana 40,302 Dec-09
Maine 29,000 2009
Maryland 47,000 Jul-05 http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/state-laws-on-handgun-permits-spark-debate-among-legislature-residents/article_785af6ca-318f-11e0-8592-001cc4c03286.html
Massachusetts 224,000
Michigan 324,388 Jun-12 http://www.michigan.gov/documents/msp/ccw_county_report_approved_273955_7.pdf
Minnesota 101,398 Jun-12 http://www.madfi.org/permitcount.asp
Mississippi 50,045
Missouri 142,476 May-12 http://dor.mo.gov/publicreports/di35i42_liscwcr_report.txt
Montana 27,708 Jul-10
Nebraska 15,432
Nevada 56,358 Jan-10 http://www.nvrepository.state.nv.us/ccw_stats.shtml
New Hampshire 6,830 2010 http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/nhsp/ssb/permitslicensing/index.html
New Jersey 1,595 Sep-10 http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/09/nj_senator_pushes_law_allowing.html
New Mexico 17,298 Jul-10
New York 93,028 2009 http://troopers.ny.gov/Firearms/
North Carolina 228,072 Jun-11 http://www.ncdoj.gov/CHPStats.aspx
North Dakota 15,937 Mar-12
Ohio 282,907 Jun-12 http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/node/8380
Oklahoma 18,510 Mar-09
Oregon 135,416 Feb-11 http://legallyarmed.com/resources/oregonstats.pdf
Pennsylvania 627,068 2010 http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=4451&&PageID=462425&level=2&css=L2&mode=2
Rhode Island 4,225 Dec-10 http://www.riag.ri.gov/bci/permits.php
South Carolina 119,340 2010 http://www.sled.sc.gov/documents/CWP/SCCWPCalendarYear2010.pdf
South Dakota 58,287
Tennessee 360,053 May-12 http://legallyarmed.com/resources/handgun-permits.html
Texas 524,000
Utah 359,987 Mar-12 http://publicsafety.utah.gov/bci/documents/2012Q1.pdf
Vermont N/A (Unrestriced State)
Virginia 135,838 2010 http://vsp.cache.vi.virginia.gov/downloads/2010_VSP_Facts-Figures_Annual-Report.pdf
Washington 359,342 Dec-11 http://www.examiner.com/article/washingtonians-arming-up-at-stunning-pace
West Virginia 60,000 Feb-11 http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201102150016?page=2&build=cache
Wisconsin 100,000
Wyoming 3,737 (Unrestriced State) 2011 http://attorneygeneral.state.wy.us/dci/pdf/2011_Annual_Report.pdf