Skip to comments.Florida nears 1 million permits for concealed weapons
Posted on 12/12/2012 4:16:27 PM PST by Sub-Driver
Florida nears 1 million permits for concealed weapons 5:53pm EST
By Michael Peltier
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - The number of active concealed weapons licenses in Florida, already home to more owners of such registered weapons than any other U.S. state, is expected to reach the 1 million mark next week, a state official said on Wednesday.
Applications for the permits in the state of 19.1 million people have doubled since 2007. Only 0.3 percent of the more than 2 million total permits issued since 1987 have been revoked, said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
"Floridians who are obtaining these licenses are obtaining them for the right reason and are using them in an appropriate way," Putnam said.
The state processed more criminal background checks for firearm purchases on Black Friday, the busy shopping day that follows Thanksgiving, than any single other day in the state's history, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey said.
Florida has been a bastion for gun owners, with some of the most expansive laws on the books regarding who can carry weapons and when they can be used.
A state law that can make it difficult to prosecute shooters who claim self-defense has come under scrutiny following the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in February.
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...Florida, already home to more owners of such registered weapons than any other U.S. state...
Well, gosh, golly! I didn't know Floridians have to register gunsunless, of course, Arab-owned Reuters is using the "news" to agitate for more anti-Second Amendment bigotry.
Whole lot a skittle-hatin folk out thar.
I have a FL conceal/carry permit......just can’t use it in Illinois yet. Just as soon as I cross the state line tho, I am legal :)
Floridians DON’T have to register our guns.
CCWs are a way to register owners, not the actual gun.
And you also don’t need to “register” a specific gun to get a license to CCW.
I discourage CCWs for most new gun owners, for exactly those reasons.
It’s probably a moot point, since one needs ID to use a firing range, and lots of people don’t have access to private ranges to hone their targeting skills...
Frankly, it would be more sane to just assume everyone is CCWing at least one, and probably multiple lethal weapons.
The criminal element already does that.
Only law-abiding citizens will comply with gun laws.
Curious about how many of these belong to non-residents such as me.
we have 2 homes, one in AR and one in FL. We both have a CCW from AR which is honored in FL.
No hard numbers available, but it's significant. Florida has reciprocal agreements (or its permit is recognized by some states with no formal agreement) with 35 states. And since Florida offers a permit to out-of-staters, it is a very sought after permit. Oh, and it's good for 7 years before renewal required.
Utah is a close second with 34.
That’s excellent! Florida has a standing army of citizens almost as big as China’s state army. And that’s only CCL holders.