Florida first state to reach 1 million gun permits

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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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