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FL – SELF-PROTECTION – Benefits of Obtaining a Concealed Weapons Permit

Forty-one states in the United States have “shall-issue” laws when it comes to concealed gun permits. This means that permits can get issued as long as citizens meet certain basic requirements, including a background check and test. Twenty-four of these states recognize permits issued by any other state. The nine “may issue” states will not recognize permits issued by other states. These states will issue a concealed weapons permit at the discretion of local police departments. Why are concealed weapons permits important, and how can they benefit you? Let’s take a look. The National Rifle Association reported that firearms get used over two million times each year for personal protection. In many cases, the mere presence of a firearm possessed by a law-abiding citizen will prevent the crime. States vary in the way they issue permits. They may have different edibility criteria, background check extensiveness, eligibility monitoring, and law enforcement validation. New York, for example, is a “may issue” state. You can only obtain a concealed carry permit if you already possess a New York pistol license. After you complete a handgun safety course, you will need four references, fingerprints, background checks, and the approval of a licensing judge or commissioner. South Carolina is a “shall-issue” state where concealed carry is legal with a South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit. Paperwork and fingerprinting are necessary. In Florida, you must be at least twenty-one years old and demonstrate competency with a firearm in order to be eligible for a concealed carry permit. You will then need to apply for one in person at a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) regional office.  [full article]

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