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Are There Too Many Guns in Florida?

Florida is poised to become the first state to have issued 1 million concealed gun permits. Why?

As Florida is poised to become the first state to have issued 1 million concealed firearm permits, Patch wants to know: Why are there so many guns here, and is there such a thing as too many guns?

Florida had issued more than 993,000 active permits as of Nov. 30, Bloomberg.com reports. Adam Putman, Florida’s commissioner of agriculture and consumer affairs, said at a news conference Wednesday that the state will pass the 1 million mark next week.

“Floridians have a great respect and appreciation for their Second Amendment rights,” Putnam said.

The news comes just days after a shooting spree at an Oregon mall left two people dead, as well as a murder-suicide by an NFL player, which prompted some high profile calls from the media for gun control.

Bloomberg also reports that:

The number of concealed permits in Florida has nearly doubled since 2008. Putnam said he didn’t know what accounted for the increase in permits.

We want to hear from you, Tampa Bay. Any idea why there are so many guns here in Florida? Is it just a case of people expressing their Constitutional right, or is there such a thing as too many guns? Post a comment below and join the conversation.

Richard January 11, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Someone please tell me the stats on how often or how many citizens who are legally permitted to carry a concealed weapon has committed a mass shooting. I have a CCW in Florida and I carry absolutely everywhere I can legally. I have 11 years experience in the military both as a Military Police and a nuclear weapons security guard. I deserve the right to defend myself from the crazies who are committing these awful acts like in Newtown or Colorado. A lot of people can die in the 5 to 10 minutes it takes for law enforcement to respond to a situation. Fact....in shootings where there is no one with a concealed weapon an average of 10-12 people lose their lives. In shootings where there was someone on sight with a legally carried weapon an average of 2-3 people lose their lives. A lot of damage can be done in the time it takes law enforcement to get on the scene. It is my right and responsibility to protect myself and my family. Please someone sight a case in these mass shootings where the shooter wasn't mentally ill. The problem is not guns, it is our mental health system. A sane person does not become a mass shooter just because he has a gun. But, an insane person who doesn't have a gun WILL find one if he/she wants to bad enough. By the way, I think we should ban or have background checks for those purchasing hammers. More people are murdered each year by hammers than by assault weapons. Gun laws only affect those who are law-abiding citizens.
Leroy A Haggard January 11, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Florida soon may become populas than New York with 40% moving to Florida from other states 60% from othe countries With Florida nearing a gun popluation of one million, new guns to Florida should go through the roof. Florida will need to re-enforce highways and bridges to offset the additional metal people wear adding to the weight limits.
Carla Gibson January 13, 2013 at 02:13 AM
A friend came up with this idea . . Don't ban "military type" assault weapons but have a HIGH registration fee on EACH gun upon purchase and then a HIGH registration renewal fee per gun EVERY year after that. .. just like a car registration has to be renewed every year with a fee. He said if there was an initial $700 registration fee & the same amount charged for a yearly registration renewal -- per gun -- it might make people think twice about buying them. On the other hand, maybe not.
Leroy A Haggard January 13, 2013 at 05:04 PM
What you say makes sense, but, no matter what the cost is, my feeling is if given a choice of food or guns, but cannot afford both, it will be guns as first choice. But guns should go thru regristration every year like a car. Not or ever being a gun owner, I would think regristration would be required every year, including mental health or other. They can suspend a drivers license or revoke a license, why not then guns if found to be unfit. I do not have a gun, nor do I drive due to age. And no, the license was not taken away or revoked, I just said I am too old to drive Why not thren with guns if one can no longer be responsible for having one rather than waiting for an accident to happen
George Straight May 17, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Absolutely Not. It's sad to see what this Country and Gun issue has turned into. We're losing all our rights and letting our government control everything we do. Wake up people...

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