A Good Start: Florida Reaches 1M Concealed Carry Permits

Maybe all those northeasterners who move to Florida to spend their golden years around the shuffleboard courts at the Del Boca Vista know something. Or maybe they’ve just learned to value their freedoms. Reuters is reporting that “The number of active concealed weapons licenses in Florida, already home to more owners of such registered weapons than any other U.S. state, is expected to reach the 1 million mark next week, a state official said on Wednesday.” Not bad. But wait, there’s more! . . .

Applications for the permits in the state of 19.1 million people have doubled since 2007. Only 0.3 percent of the more than 2 million total permits issued since 1987 have been revoked, said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Only .3 percent? Gee, that means the people who pass the background checks and make their way through the bureaucratic hoops erected to make keeping and bearing more difficult are an exceptionally responsible, law-abiding bunch. That’s so counterintuitive! Who could have predicted it?

Sunshine Staters now have over a 5% chance of encountering someone with a concealed carry permit as they go about their appointed rounds every day. Unless they’re in a designated gun-free zone, of course. That’s an awful lot of people wandering the streets with guns, out of control. Problem with that?