Florida Gun Permit Requests Way Up In 2009

The Associated Press reported in early August that Florida is seeing a huge increase in applications for concealed weapon permits.

The state is on pace to handle 150,000 requests -- a 67 percent increase over 2008. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services was so overwhelmed that Commissioner Charles Bronson petitioned the Legislature for 61 temporary employees, giving him 202 workers to wade through a spring backlog of 90,000 requests.

That amount alone represents as many petitions as the state received in all of 2008.

"We're still sitting on about 50,000 applications," Bronson said. "We're getting in about 14,000 or 15,000 a month, and whenever they get a good slug out, they're getting another 15,000 in."

As of July 31, Florida had 607,977 concealed-weapon permit holders. Most permit requests are approved, so long as the person is over 21 and has no felony record.

Elsewhere:

-- California: Gun ownership rapidly on rise in Livington County; http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20090809/NEWS01/908090328/-1/NEWSFRONT2

-- California: Police officers eyes opening to 'open carry'; Carrying unloaded gun in plain sight not always illegal; http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/sdcounty/article_2157ecea-907b-5e29-8c80-3a6538572eb5.html

-- Tennessee: One month later, only holes are in anti-gun argument; http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090809/COLUMNIST0130/908090328/1008/OPINION01

-- Virginia: Candidate Bob McDonnell responds to Virginia gun owners; http://www.ammoland.com/2009/08/09/candidate-bob-mcdonnell-responds-to-virginia-gun-owners/

-- Wisconsin:Green Bay Park hosts open-carry picnic; http://www.wbay.com/Global/story.asp?S=10871471

-- New Jersey: One-gun-a-month law signed by N.J.'s Corz; critics: Won't work; http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2009/08/1gunamonth_law_signed_by_njs_c.html

-- Pennsylvania: Erie City Council makes it law to report lost, stolen guns; http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090806/NEWS02/308059910/-1/NEIGHBORS