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    I know this is slightly OT, but my google-fu is failing me and I'm sure some of you guys know (or at least know where to look.)

    Any idea how many active CPLs there are in Washington state?

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    Seattle Times[/i] reports;” According to the state Department of Licensing, there are 238,994 concealed-weapons permits in the state, 48,838 in King County.” [i]

    Census Data reports; 4,644,912 population of adults 21 and over 2006 (men; 2,289,896 women; 2,355,016)[ii]

    Provides that in the State of Washington 1 in 20 adults have a CPL. Assuming that men carry 2 to 1 over women,[iii] then 1 in 15 men have a CPL.

    King County population estimate; 1,875,519 (2008)[iv] And under 18 is 21.6% leaving us with 1,470,406 adults.[v] Therefore in King County 1 in 30 adults over the age of 18 have a CPL.

    Washington has about 2.1% of its population in the 18-20 age bracket. Therefore we can subtract and leave us with 1,439,527 adults age 21 and over in King County. Or 3.4% with a CPL, equivalent to 1 in 29 adults aged 21 and over possessing a CPL in King County

    Assuming men carry 2 to 1 over women then roughly 1 in 20 men carry in King County.





    [i]http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...gunban28m.html


    [ii] http://www.ofm.wa.gov/databook/population/pt04.asp


    [iii] Can’t determine CPL issue based on sex


    [iv] http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/53/53033.html


    [v] Does not provide info of those 21 and over
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    ..lets not forget all those who carry without permits....
    I am not anti Cop I am just pro Citizen.

    U.S. v. Minker, 350 US 179, at page 187
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    of their respect for what only appears to be a law, are cunningly coerced into waiving their
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    Thanks! That was quick work.

    My questions was triggered by an article mentioning that California had a mere ~28,000 permits statewide. It turns out that here in WA our approximate* rate of issuance is about 50x that of CA. Wow; it's nice to live the the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, instead of one of those other places!

    [line]*Approximate not only because the population figures and permits-issued are estimates or round numbers, but also because I made no attempt to adjust for proportions of minors, felons, or other categories that are ineligible for permits.

    [Edited to fix typo.]




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    Interesting numbers.
    I was in the Sequim PD office a few days ago to renew my CPL and there was two others there doing the same. That kind of makes me wonder just how many people in this area (mostly old people) are carrying.
    Perhaps if you would use a real computer you wouldn't have to apologize for not being able to do so many things on the internet!

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