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Concealed weapons permit may get easier to obtain

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Updated: 2/03 7:32 pm
YULEE, Fla. -- Getting a concealed weapons permit in Florida may get easier if new legislation passes.

Instead of waiting for an appointment with the Department of Agriculture to apply for a concealed weapons permit, Senate Bill 544 takes aim at the tax collector’s office as a location where anyone could submit an application. Weapons expert Gary Belson says the wait time would be dramatically reduced.

“You don't have to wait 30 days, 60 days, 10 days, or 19 days. You can just walk in and process it just like you can with your driver’s license,” said Belson.

Gun rights supporters like Douglas Adkins said the move makes sense and could bring other benefits.

“It helps facilitate greater compliance with the laws and helps ensure that more people are in compliance with those elements of the Florida statute that relate to concealed weapons,” said Adkins.

Belson said if the bill passes, it could help with the backlog of permit applications, since tax collectors could accept them and the Department of Agriculture could focus on processing them.

“You don't have to wait for it and it could mean the difference in a life or death situation. You had your license, you're a lawful owner of firearms and you’re acting reasonably and lawfully it would be a lot better if it was processed when needed,” said Belson.

If Senate Bill 544 passes and tax collectors can accept applications, the Department of Agriculture will still be in charge of issuing permits.

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nativejax - 2/4/2014 11:05 AM
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Let me rephrase that, "Its way to long" for LAW ABIDING CITIZENS that have their paper work in order. As for first time appliers, It should take as long as it needs to make sure the applicant is eligible to conceal carry.

dwallace1950 - 2/4/2014 9:39 AM
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It will not shorten total wait time. First, at many tax collectors offices, people have to come in a wait for their turn, often an hour or more. Second, if they arrive and do not have the required doucmentation, they will likley be turned away and have to return. Lastly, if the tax collector submits an incomplete application (which is likely), then the applicant will have to wait for Tallahassee to send them a letter stating what is lacking, then the applicant will have to mail in what was lacking, and then their application will sit until it comes back to the top of the work queque to be processed. This will cause a huge delay in license issuance.

GUS11 - 2/4/2014 9:12 AM
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A HAM radio license is not in the US Constitution, carring a weapon is.

Truthseeker - 2/4/2014 4:50 AM
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"You don't have to wait for it and it could mean the difference in a life or death situation." So...I guess he is saying that if you need to use a firearm to protect your family, you are going to zip over to the nearest tax office, get a permit, and then return to the scene of the crime and shoot the criminal, before he or she can do harm to a loved one. What a moronic statement.

Truthseeker - 2/4/2014 4:45 AM
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I am a concealed weapons permit holder and it is actually way too easy to get one in this state. It is harder to get an Amateur (HAM) Radio Operators License than it is to get a concealed carry permit. You should have to demonstrate some knowledge and proficiency with a firearm before you are allowed a permit. Perhaps, even attend a firearms safety and marksmanship class. As it is now, anyone can get a permit whether they have any firearms experience or not. This is what leads to people getting shot by fools who think that they are Wyatt Earp just because they have permit. By the way, from the time that I mailed my application until I received my permit was 12 days. Way too long???

nativejax - 2/3/2014 10:15 PM
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Good deal...its way to hard and long and shouldn't be.
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