In an overview of the whole out-of-state concealed carry permit thing (H.R.822), Bloomberg scribe John Crewdson applies for—and receives—a Florida license to carry. It’s a scandal! “Florida, which granted my permit after I viewed a half- hour, online safety video, now says it made a mistake. ‘Unfortunately, our office made an error in completing your application,’ wrote Sterling Ivey, a spokesman for the state licensing division in an e-mail response after I asked why somebody with no handgun experience got a permit. While Florida law doesn’t set a minimum number of hours for safety training or specify what the training must include, it does require trainers to keep documentation that applicants “have been observed safely handling and discharging the firearm,” Ivey wrote. There was no such documentation in my case. Uh, yes there was: Crewdson’s signature. The Ft. Myers Gun Rights Examiner takes him to task . . .
Before the application could be approved however, Mr. Crewdson had to answer “YES” to question 6, which asks, “Have you received training with a firearm as required by Section 790.06(2)(h), Florida Statutes, relating to competency with a firearm?” He also was required to have his signature notarized affirming that he had been furnished a copy of Chapter 790, Florida Statutes, relating to weapons and firearms, and that he was knowledgeable of the provisions contained therein.
Chapter 790.06, Florida Statutes clearly states that completion of any firearms safety or training courses available to the general public by a law enforcement organization shall be attested to by an instructor who must maintain records certifying that he or she observed the student safely handle and discharge the firearm.
Mr. Crewdson, in his own article admits, “There was no such documentation in my case”, and therefore knowingly and willfully lied on his application in response to question 6.
The notarization statement on the application declares, “THIS APPLICATION IS EXECUTED UNDER OATH. FALSIFICATION OR MISREPRESENTATION OF ANY PART OR ANY DOCUMENT SUBJECTS THE APPLICANT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION UNDER SECTION 837.06, FLORIDA STATUTES.”
By signing his application and having his signature notarized, Mr. Crewdson swore and affirmed that “the information contained in this application and all attached documents is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.”