Twice as many Americans carried firearms daily in 2019 compared to 2015, according to a new study published this month.
About 6,000 gun owners carried handguns every day in 2019, up from 3,000 in 2015, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health published Nov. 16.
The number of online respondents who said they had carried a gun in the past month also nearly doubled from 9 million to 16 million in 2015.
The study focuses solely on owners who carry a firearm on their person, not in their car.
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The upward trend found in the study comes as states loosen restrictions on carrying a firearm and more gun owners cite protection as a top concern.
A US Supreme Court case last June also struck down New York’s strict gun laws.
The authors wrote: “This ruling could further catalyze the easing of regulations on carrying firearms in different parts of the country at a time when, as our study indicates, trends in carrying firearms are already pointing to more American adults carrying loaded firearms in public places. even without a permit when a permit is required.”
The study’s lead authors were Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington; Amy Gallagher of the University of Washington; Deborah Azrael of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center; and Matthew Miller of Northeastern University and the Harvard Injury Control Research Center.
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The authors added: “Little is known about the frequency and characteristics of firearms carrying among adult firearm owners in the United States. In fact, in the past 30 years, only a few national peer-reviewed surveys , conducted in 1994, 1995, 1996, and 2015, have provided even the most basic information on the frequency of carrying firearms.”
In 1994, the percentage of gun owners who said their main reason for owning a firearm was protection was 46%, in 2015 it rose to 64% and skyrocketed to 73% in 2019. In 2021, it was 83%. %.
Only one state allowed the carrying of firearms in 1990, but by 2021 that had risen to 21 states, according to the study.
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The study also comes amid spikes in crime in cities across the country.