One in Every 17 Floridians Can Carry a Concealed Gun

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Ever casually glance around the supermarket and wonder just how many folks loading milk into their cart are also secretly packing heat? The answer, based on new data from the state, is one in every 17 of them. Or at least that's how many Floridians now have valid concealed carry permits as the state chugged past the 900,000 mark last month. Dade alone now has more than 80,000 permits.

The rise comes after state legislators made it cheaper to buy and renew permits -- and continues even as the Trayvon Martin case raises questions about whether a concealed gun bonanza plus Stand Your Ground equals a bit too much incentive for vigilantes among us.

The trend, taken in a vacuum, seems a bit odd. Violent crime is on a downward trend across the country, including in the Sunshine State, and though there's a Democrat in the White House, Obama has barely spoken about gun control except to famously promise he wouldn't "take away folks guns."

Yet the NRA and other groups have warned that a second Obama administration could bring tighter controls and in Florida, they're listening.

"People are beginning to realize that their liberties are potentially in jeopardy," Robert Stokes, president of the Florida affiliate of the NRA, tells the Naples Daily News.

The Daily News found that FBI background checks for gun purchases have risen 14 percent in 2012. As of March, there are 919,831 concealed carry permits statewide -- equal to 6.5 percent of adults in the state.

In Dade, there are are 82,438 concealed permits on the books as of the end of March, a state spokeswoman tells Riptide.

Florida's gun laws have been under a national spotlight since Martin's killing by George Zimmerman, the self-appointed watchman with a concealed weapons permit who's been shielded by Stand Your Ground.

"This man George Zimmerman, is a living example (problems with concealed carry)," Dan Gross, president of the pro-gun control Brady Project, told the Capitol News Service. "This is a guy who had an arrest record, this is a guy who had a violent past. This is a guy who in numerous other states would never be offered a permit to carry a loaded, hidden, handgun."

Gov. Rick Scott, though, has pushed NRA-backed bills, including one to forbid doctors from asking patients about gun ownership and another that would punish local officials for passing gun control rules.

State legislators also dropped the price for a concealed permit by $15 to $70.

The most heat-packing county in Florida? As of March, it's rural Dixie County, where close to 10 percent of adults have permits; our neighbors to the south in Monroe County aren't far behind, coming in second with 7.3 percent licensed to carry.

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redhawk1
redhawk1

JUst like they NOT REPORT that tapes of BLACK Panthers calling for the ereadication of BLUE EYED and Blond AMERICANS.... nor the " silent approval" by Holder and BHOZO over the Black Panthers BOUNTY on Zimmermann???? and those two racists call themselves " CONSTITUTIONAL " Experts and Leaders" ?????

redhawk1
redhawk1

... and the "Legal Followers" aka BLACK MORON PANTHERS offering BOUNTY MONEY like Anarchists and calling for the Shooting of BLUE EYES folks by their equally Insane Members with added encouragement by Jeremiah and silent approval by BHOZO and Holder , in your deranged mind , can be called SANE????? Or are you a mere political paid TREE STUMP by AXELROD????

How about FIRST unarming the Black Panthers and the SHOOT DRIVE BY gangs in Choicago, Detroit, and everywhere else FIRST???????

Let Freedom ring!
Let Freedom ring!

What, the streets aren't running red with blood?  People aren't killing each other over parking spots?  Road rage isn't turning into freeway massacres?  The world didn't turn into a Mad Max movie?  I thought CCW would be the end of civilized life, or so we were told.  Amazing!  Maybe the people really can be trusted with Liberty...

Barry Hirsh
Barry Hirsh

When it comes to a fundamental right, there can be no cost/benefit analysis controlling whether or not its exercise may be "permitted". We have rights. They are ours to exercise, or not, at our own discretion.

This is the bottom line of liberty, and is the essence of the true America. To argue otherwise is imprudent, insolent, and unAmerican.

redhawk1
redhawk1

Sounds like " tell V;lad that after I get elected i can DEAL more...."""

redhawk1
redhawk1

Now that seems to be BHOZO ultimate plan to sell only VOLTS...RE : ZIMMERMAN..How about letting the Florida and DOJ "lawyers" get to the FACTS/?? you sound as Irrational as Maxi Waters and Bobby Short

Barry Hirsh
Barry Hirsh

I see you didn't recognize the sarcasm. Oh, well.

And, careful there, redhawk - Bobby Short is a real guy, a pianist entertainer in D.C., and very talented. If you mean Bobby Rush, then say so (and spit disapprovingly every time you mention his name). *spit* *spit*

redhawk1
redhawk1

Thanks Barry... I have Spit so often that i had to get some good KY liquid to rehidrate....BTW I wonder when Rush .. Waters..Jackson-Lee... Deranged Debbie -Wasserman but above all BHOZO and Holder are going to go PUBLIC over the Black Panth4ers Vigilate planned action against Zoimmermann as well as their Insane leaders ,Like Rev Jeremiah , who are talking about Blasting blue eyed "folks'.. everywhere...Some UNTIER tghat inept Pandering Bastid really is... ain't it????

redhawk1
redhawk1

The Singing Ministers... Members of Congress.... Holder having allowed the Black panthers to get insanely active again without recourse.... and BHOZO leading the Pack.. to all these Extemes:' ARE YOU HAPPY NOW"???? This Extrem egrpup is just as oirrational But the LEFTOIDS have ignited this action....

Joe
Joe

The behind the scenes "work" promised to the Brady Campaign was the DOJ's "Fast and Furious" program to sell American firearms to the Mexican Drug Cartels.  The "F&F" program is responsible for the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of Mexican citizens, one U.S. Border Agent and an unknown number of American citizens.  Now, with that in mind, who can prove the NRA's warning is false?

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