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According to the latest reports from the lovely, sunny state of Florida, the number of active concealed weapon permits has just exceeded 2.5 million for the first time. That’s over 20 percent of the Sunshine State’s adult (18 y/o+) population.

All this despite Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried doing just about everything she can to slow walk and deny permits where possible. Between the high number of active CCWs — the most of any state in the country — and the large number of firearm manufacturers, perhaps this is why we like to call Florida not the Sunshine State but the Gunshine State.

From my seat I’d say this seems like an okay start. Gotta pump those numbers up.


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  1. Who cares when the whole population of half the states have constitutional carry? Florida is an anti gun state and that’s the way the GOP there wants it.

    • Not if DeSantis gets his way. He’s shown he’s not afraid to fight Disney which in Florida is a huge deal.

  2. Can 18 year olds get CWPs, or would a better comparison be the population of 21+ year old residents to permit holders?

    • I just checked, minimum age is indeed 21.
      So 0% of 18-20 year olds have permits, and well over 20% of those 21+ years of age.

      • In my social circles, I’d say well over 50 percent are permitted…

  3. Wouldn’t the better number to know be the number of concealed carriers who actually carry everday, everywhere?

    (Yes, I understand that such a number can never be reliably obtained).

    • Retired Ohio cop Greg Ellifritz ( estimates only a quarter of those with permits actually carry regularly. His estimate is based on his encounters on the job with citizens.

    • It’s best to presume that all of them are carrying, and another couple million who aren’t permitted. Even as a youngster, before I understood much of anything about gun laws, I always presumed that everyone had a gun stashed away, close at hand. That presumption discouraged some crazy daredevil shenanigans.

    • I imagine some don’t carry all the time. I carry nearly all the time.
      Also, there’s no small number of non-permitted carriers around. I am happy for them as well.

  4. Without question The Right To Keep and Bear Arms includes wearing a coat or carrying in a purse, etc. The Constitution was penned in a part of the country were if you had no coat you would freeze to death. And leaving firearms of the time period exposed to the elements would cause a failure to fire, etc.

    A permit required to carry under a coat, in a purse, etc. is nothing more than a farce. All permits to carry accomplish is making criminals aware there are 80% of Florida residents who do not have a permit. Because of permit laws Criminals know the odds of a victim being unarmed are in their favor for a successful theft, robbery, rape, etc.

    Then you have the very people behind the permit farce preaching to citizens about leaving their guns in a vehicle. Well 99% of the time firearms are left in a vehicle because people are complying with permit laws that force them to leave their firearm in a vehicle.

    Conceal Carry permits are a ball and chain law abiding citizens can do just fine without simply because law abiding citizens are not the problem. The problem is the criminal who criminally misuses anything they can get their hands on and the revolving door criminal justice system.

    • Well, that same 80% unlicensed in the Florida population all fall under the heading of ‘unknown’ as they cannot be tracked. The people that are licensed are themselves registered with government and can be pretty easily tracked and traced. The only reason to refuse a license to a non-criminal is precisely to keep them hidden.

    • How soon they forget. Florida plowed the row for “shall issue.” And I firmly believe we will soon have “Constitutional Carry.” A little embarrassed we don’t already.

      • Remember all those ‘Letters To The Editor’ claiming Wal-Mart parking lots were going to have gun battles for parking spaces, GF? 🙂

        • Prndll, If WalMart fixed that, how come we ahve had so many shootings in WalMart parking lots?

        • “…how come we ahve had so many shootings in WalMart parking lots?”

          Those shootings usually are the result of robberies and general thuggery, not jousting for a parking spot, WEB3.

          And that’s the difference…

  5. You must be 21 y.o. to get a CCW in Florida. So the correct reference point would be the percentage of the +21 y.o. population, not 18 y.o.

  6. It’s not the GOP that’s holding it up, it’s the speaker specifically. The same thing was happening in Texas until the speaker there got caught being a bad boy and was kicked out. Immediately after Texas passed constitutional carry. The same thing needs to happen here in Florida.

    BTW, I applied for my permit in person in FL ton a Friday, I received my permit in the mail the following Saturday. So 8 days including a weekend and snail mail time. That’s pretty darned impressive

    • “BTW, I applied for my permit in person in FL ton a Friday, I received my permit in the mail the following Saturday.”

      My second re-up late last year took the full 90 days… 🙁

  7. Years ago, when I took the CCW class for my state, over half of the twenty plus participants stated they already carried, but wanted to make it “legal.” In addition, in my state your car, motorcycle, horse, etc. are considered an extension of your home, and you can conceal a firearm in said conveyance without a permit.

    Officially, in my state, the number of licensed carriers is around ten per cent. However, I’d bet real money that the percentage of people who carry at all, including criminals, is closer to fifty percent. Hundreds of thousands of folks in rural areas don’t give a fig about carry permits.

    • I’ve lived in various state. Country and city. Nobody in the country gave two cents worth of concern about permits or laws concerning guns.

      That was my personal experience.

    • Jimmy Beam said, “you can conceal a firearm in said conveyance without a permit.”

      I hope they don’t want to cavity search my horse. He doesn’t have a glove box.

  8. You know what is “funny”? According to the Left and other anti-gunners, more guns means more crime. Hasn’t worked that way in states with less “gun control’.

  9. Nuts, my state has some catching up to do.

    In my state about 11% of adults age 21 and older have concealed carry licenses. If you account for people over age 21 who are effectively ineligible (felons, mentally incompetent, infirm/feeble), then about 13% of adults age 21 and older have concealed carry licenses.

    Thus, about 1 in every 7 or 8 eligible adults have concealed carry licenses in my state.

    That number gets even more interesting if you consider that something like twice as many men have licenses as women. When you throw that in the mix, it means that roughly 1 in every 4 or 5 eligible men have concealed carry licenses in my state.

  10. That’s why I say we have no hope for change except by force. This country has been taken over by corrupt politicians for over 45 years. Everyone one that in government from the past 45 years has baggage. They all need to be put on trial and investigated.i do home work ….. 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐤.𝐜𝐨𝐦

  11. This is disgusting. Truly revolting.
    We should have zero permits. Constitutional Carry. Nothing else will suffice.

  12. Recent mass shootings have rekindled the national conversation about guns and the argument over concealed carry licenses, which let people carry a legally possessed pistol out of sight. Some social media posts overstate the number of Florida license holders.

  13. According to the agriculture and consumer services agency, residents must be at least 21 years old, show “competency with a firearm” by providing proof of completed training programs, and be citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States in order to be eligible for a concealed carry permit.


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