Black Women Applying For CCW Permits Are Surging In Chicago

New data shows a growing group of gun owners emerging in Cook, County Chicago: Black women.

The number of Black women receiving a permit in Cook County has grown every year since 2014. According to Illinois State Police, 800 Black women received a license in 2014. And currently, in 2017, nearly 1400 Black women have received a concealed carry permit. That number is already more than the last year’s number. That is a record 67 percent growth from 2014 to 2017. More than 4,000 Black women have received a concealed carry license in Cook County.

But what is encouraging Black women to arm themselves? According to a Chicago Tribune report, many are “spurred by a growing concern for their safety,” in neighborhoods where crime is surging, the outlet writes.


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