More Washington state residents have concealed carry permits than ever before with numbers tripling between 2005 and 2012.
According to the Seattle Times, more women than ever before are getting their carry permits as the numbers of women getting their permits has doubled the pace of men. Now there are over 451,000 residents with carry permits and that number is just getting higher as more seek to protect themselves.
From the article:
For Katie Oittinen, a turning point was an afternoon two summers ago when a stranger walked into her living room. When he encountered Oittinen and her dog, a Great Dane mix, the man fled.
But what really scared Oittinen, who was pregnant, was what happened next: She called the police. They said they would come to her Portland home. And they never did.
So after her son was born and she and her husband moved to Granite Falls in Snohomish County, the 29-year-old new mom decided to get a license to carry a concealed handgun. “That was a wake-up call,” she said. “It’s things like that that make you wonder: ‘Who can you really rely on to protect you and your family?’ Pretty much yourself.”
Oittinen is part of a rush of Washington state residents — and especially women — who have obtained concealed-carry permits in record numbers.
Between 2005 and 2012, the number of state residents receiving new concealed-carry permits tripled to 62,939. Now some 451,000 Washington residents are allowed to carry a hidden handgun almost anywhere they go, more than 100,000 of them women.
Notably, the growth rate for women getting new permits is twice as fast as that of men.
What is going on?
Washington’s recent boom in concealed weapons mirrors a national trend, according to a Seattle Times analysis. State and national experts, law-enforcement officials and others, including permit holders themselves, offered different explanations for the concealed-carry explosion here.
But a common concern emerged from interviews with women who carry: the importance of self-defense.
That concern found an echo last month after a misogynistic gunman committed mass murder near the University of California, Santa Barbara, sparking a national conversation about women’s concerns about their safety.
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