When it comes to guns, it’s no secret Florida is called the “Gunshine state” and for good reason. The southernmost state leads the way with the number of people who possess concealed weapon permits, WJXT reports.
Florida has granted nearly 2 million civilians the right to lawfully carry guns as of March 31.
With a Florida permit, citizens are allowed to carry weapons beyond guns, such as knives and stun guns.
The state has a total of 1,984,742 currently valid concealed weapon permits and the number grows about 17,500 each month, according to the latest figures from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
And those data figures aren’t taking into account the 12,745 permit-holding judges, correctional officers, military and law enforcement officials in Florida.
The most permits in the state are held in the most populated counties. But there are exceptions like Duval County, which ranks as having the fifth most permits even though it’s only the seventh largest population.
Interested in being a permit holder? You’ll need to be at least 21, undergo training, demonstrate an ability to safely fire a gun on a range, submit fingerprints to the state and have no felony criminal record.
Florida leads the United States in total number of currently valid permits, according to data from the Crime Prevention Research Center.
Even with a permit, holders are still not allowed to carry guns in schools, post offices, court buildings, airport terminals, police stations or on university campuses.
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