On "Varney & Co." today, Dana Loesch said the number of concealed carry permits has risen dramatically in the past year, and women have been leading the charge.

Women like having that equalizer, she said, and to be able to feel like they can go where they want when they want.

The trend has been growing for quite some time, Loesch told Stuart Varney.

The number of women holding concealed carry permits has increased twice as fast as the number of men with permits, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center's 2016 report.

"People want to be safe. And it's easier to carry a firearm than it is to carry a cop. That's something that law-abiding gun owners have said for a long time," Loesch commented. "People want to be able to protect themselves and their families. It's the number one reason why I carry a firearm concealed."

The number of concealed carry permits in the U.S. is now over 15 million as of the end of last year. The increase between May, 2016 and May, 2017 turned out to be the largest one year increase ever.

The CPRC remarked that permit holders tend to be “extremely law-abiding.”

Watch the full interview above.

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