One Million Floridians Conceal Carry

Gun instructor Frankie Bright has been teaching conceal-carry classes for three decades.

He gives this demonstration despite the rain.

Frankie Bright says demand for classes is on the rise. “A lot of people are coming out and saying ‘listen, I would like to get a conceal carry permit so I can be legal.’”

The reelection of President Barack Obama and fear that Washington will pass stricter gun laws is fueling the run on guns, especially in Florida.

At a news conference at the state capitol Wednesday, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced a fast approaching milestone. “Florida will have one million active conceal weapons licenses next week.”

Hitting the million permit mark will mean one out of every 19 people in the state will be armed. 219,000 of them are seniors and 200,000 are women, few commit crimes.

“Responsible use of these licenses is overwhelmingly the rule and with only .3% of licenses having been revoked for inappropriate use, I think the statistics support that,” said Putnam.

Back at the shooting range news of the millionth conceal carry license was received well.

“I really feel safer. If you don’t have a gun at your house and I have a gun in my house and somebody is going to break-in, who’s house are they going to break in to?” asked Bright.

The state hit a snag in 2009 as permits flooded in, but now the office issuing the licenses has been beefed up and applicants are being processed in about a month.

Florida’s conceal carry licensing program was stared in 1987. Since then more than two million people have been issued permits. Next week will make the first time more than a million have been active at once. Since 2000, the number of licenses requested has increased more than 580%.


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