Florida first state to reach 1 million gun permits

It’s official: Florida has passed the one million mark in issuing concealed carry gun permits – the most of any other state.

In mid-December, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam released a statement announcing the upcoming milestone and sharing information about the Florida Concealed Weapon and Firearm License Program.

“In 1987, Florida issued its first statewide concealed weapon license after the Florida Legislature established standardized and uniform requirements for the issuance of a concealed weapon license,” said Commissoner Putnam. “Twenty-five years later, the state of Florida has issued nearly one million valid concealed weapon and firearm licenses.”

Putnam’s office reports that four out of every five licensees are male, but with a growing interest among females. Nearly one-third of licensees are between ages 51 and 65.

Gun shop owners say that with talk of new gun laws, consumers are getting the permits in order to protect themselves, according to a report by the WPTV Newschannel 5.

“Quite frankly I’m surprised that it’s not a lot more especially when you consider the interest in firearms lately,” Delray Shooting Center owner Michael Caruso said. He predicts the number will continue to rise as people fear new legislation that’s being discussed.

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.
Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

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5 thoughts on “Florida first state to reach 1 million gun permits

  1. Big Dem says:

    Good! I'd rather have a crime stopped with a criminal shot by a law abiding gun owner that have a dead crime victim. Crime in areas where there is a high percent of concealed carry permits is lower because the criminals never know who is packing and they like defenseless targets.

  2. JIMMAC says:

    My wife and I both carry every where it's legal 24/7. Florida is getting safer every day..

  3. Quan says:

    I am sure this will soon be branded as another reason to re-elect the not so popular, equally disliked by all Rick Scott !

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