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article imageFlorida's concealed weapon permits double under Obama

By Larry Clifton     Dec 14, 2012 in Politics
Tallahassee - The number of Floridians with a permit to carry a concealed weapon has doubled since Barack Obama was elected President.
Permits issued in Florida, where there are already more people with concealed weapons permits than any other state, is expected to hit 1 million since 2007 by next week.
There have been two million permits issued since 1987 and 0.3 percent of those permits were revoked, according to Florida Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putman.
"Floridians who are obtaining these licenses are obtaining them for the right reason and are using them in an appropriate way," Putnam said.
Overall, gun sales spiked when Obama was elected in 2008 and again after his recent re-election.
Meanwhile, Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, marked the highest rate of criminal background checks made for firearm purchases in the state’s history, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey.
Former National Rifle Association President Marion Hammer said the enormous increase in gun sales since 2007 is largely attributed to the notion that Democratic President Barack Obama will push for stricter federal gun laws, according to a Reuters report.
Hammer says owners of licensed concealed weapons undergo additional training and that means gun owners with such permits are better prepared to handle a weapon.
"The number of gun owners is up and crime is down," Hammer said. "Criminals commit crimes, but they aren't stupid. They don't want to get shot."
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