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Carrying Loaded Guns

Here are some other key takeaways of a new study, led by scholars at the University of Washington and Harvard University:

  • Among handgun owners, those who carried loaded weapons were more likely to be men, politically conservative, between the ages of 18 and 29 and residents of Southern states. They also were more likely to have grown up in a firearm-owning household and been threatened with a firearm within the past five years.

  • The researchers noticed little difference between gun owners who carried loaded firearms and those who did not in terms of race, educational attainment, household income, veteran status and whether children were present at home.

  • Of those who carried loaded handguns, about two-thirds reported always carrying them concealed while 1 in 10 reported always carrying them openly.

  • 4 out of 5 people who carried loaded guns had a concealed carry permit.

  • More than 80 percent of those who carried loaded guns said they did it primarily for protection.

  • “Handgun owners who live in states with less stringent concealed carry laws appear more likely to carry concealed than do handgun owners in states that grant substantial discretion to issuing authorities.”

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