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Florida can't keep up with concealed weapons permit requests

Post#1 » Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:03 pm

2-19-9 Sign of the times.

Posted on Wed, Feb. 18, 2009
Florida can't keep up with concealed weapons permit requests

People in Florida are fearful of the economic future, and one way they are coping is by
buying guns.
The state office that issues concealed weapons permits is buried under a backlog of
95,000 applications, and doesn't have enough money in its budget to do the job. A
legislative budget panel is being asked to approve a midyear budget transfer of nearly $4
million to catch up to the demand for permits.

''People are getting scared,'' said Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson. ``The
economy is scaring them. They don't want their houses broken into.''

Bronson's Cabinet agency includes the Division of Licensing that processes weapons permit
applications. Figures released by Bronson's office show that it issued 75,679 permits in
2007 and 86,269 in 2008.

Applications spiked dramatically in December and January, with a 42 percent increase in
the past 1 ½ months. Overall, from fiscal 2003-04 to 2007-08, the state saw a 91 percent
increase in permit applications.

A permit is valid for seven years and costs $120, which includes a $44 charge for
applicants to undergo state and federal criminal history checks by the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement and pay for a set of fingerprints.

Bronson, a certified police officer who worked as a reserve sheriff's deputy in
Miami-Dade and Brevard counties, said a team of licensing employees is trying to process
up to 1,000 applicants a day, but the applications keep coming.

''We're a little bit under the gun here,'' he said.

Times/Herald researcher Lynette Norris contributed to this report.

Steve Bousquet can be reached at sbousquet@sptimes.com.

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Post#2 » Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:30 pm

I tell this to people a lot. I just could not recall the case name. Well, here it is. It's also the biggest reason I had to refuse to get a permit. hangman

4. A state may not impose a charge for the enjoyment of a right granted by the federal constitution. The power to impose a license tax on the exercise of these freedoms is indeed as potent as the power of censorship which this Court has repeatedly struck down. A person cannot be compelled to purchase, through a license fee or a license tax, the privilege freely granted by the Constitution.

Now look at what the commie Brantly is doing. hangman

Murdock v. Pennsylvania 319 US 105 (1942)

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