Apparently, the number of people in Florida with CCW permits is 1 in 35; Sebastian thinks that’s cute because PA’s rate is something like 1 in 20. That’s really neat, the little states think they have a lot of people with CCW permits! Indiana’s rate of people with concealed carry permits is 1 out of 15.
That means that when you’re walking around in Indiana, one out of every fifteen people you know has a permit to carry a handgun. The statistics don’t lie; the last year I have full numbers available for (2000), the population of Indiana was about 4 million and there were 300,000 people with handgun permits. Even though our population has grown by almost three million in the last eight years, with the issuing of lifetime carry permits, I’m sure that our percentage is still around the 1/15, and might actually be approaching 1/10.
And you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way. One of the best things about living in Indiana is how gun friendly we are as a state. Lifetime carry permits, no waiting periods, no assault weapon bans, full preemption – in terms of gun rights, Indiana is the land flowing with milk and honey.