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Government shutdown won't halt concealed weapons permits in Florida

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Updated: 10/13/2013 2:02 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you haven't submitted your paperwork to get your concealed weapons permit, you might have to keep waiting. Action News has learned it all depends on where you live.

You have the right to bear arms. But now there's some concern about concealed weapons permits in the wake of the partial government shutdown.

St. Nicholas Gun and Sporting Goods owner Paul Rukab said it all depends on the state you live in and Florida is lucking out. In states like Georgia, the federal government processes concealed weapons permit applications, so they are at a standstill. In Florida, the state handles it.

Richard Holt can't believe his personal safety is now in the hands of Congress.

"Being ex-military, I think it's a disgrace for us to be shutting the government down like that," he said.

Rukab said the real problem with the government shutdown is its affect on his business. His doors have been open 23 years. But the last two weeks have been especially slow.

"People are not getting paid, they're not buying," he said.

He said business has dropped off by 10-15 percent.

And while Holt was shopping there Wednesday, he doesn't know how much longer he'll be able to. His income is also on the line if the shutdown continues. He said it's not fair to him or hard-working guys like Rukab.

"They're going to lose business and if it doesn't stop soon, they're not just going to lose business, they're going to lose their business," Holt said.

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