Sunday, July 29, 2012

Want to Protect Yourself Against George Zimmermans? $112, Please

A concealed weapons permit in Florida costs $112, plus you'll need to pop $20 - $75 for a mandatory training class. And more money for fingerprints. Get your application here.

Before you get excited, check this list and make sure you qualify & have everything you need:

1. You must be 21 to get a conceled carry permit.
2. Have a passport-style, color photograph 
3. Verification of training that satisfies the training requirement. NRA, DD-14, state training course, etc. . Persons serving in the United States Armed Forces may submit a copy of their Military ID Card to satisfy the training requirement.
4. Get certified copies of court documents relating to any criminal charges against you.
5. Take the fingerprint card to a local law enforcement agency and ask to be fingerprinted. In addition to providing fingerprinting services for the traditional “hard-card” format, electronic fingerprint devices are available at almost all 67 county sheriff’s offices in the state. Visit the Electronic Fingerprints Information page to learn how Live Scan fingerprinting saves processing time.*  
6. Complete the application. Either print clearly with ink or type the information.
7. In the presence of a notary, sign the application.

*$35 for electronic fingerprint submissions, $42 for hard copy.

Anyway, that's it for 7 years, at which time the state will want another $65 to renew your carry permit.

Does this seem high? If it does, that's because Florida is dominated by Republicans, who refuse to raise taxes but delight in raising all "user fees" like crazy. :(


  1. Good info! If I lived in Florida, I would absolutely be carrying. Not all states have this right thinking about this, and it is good to see that criminals don't have such easy pickens' as elsewhere. But do you think it is better to have the state run by a bunch of socialist democrats that might lower the fees but increase the taxes? With the average American getting pretty close to having half of their income confiscated in taxes (that more than what the European feudal kings of the Dark Ages charged their serfs --- and most of those royal guys ended up with their head on a stick by a pissed off populace).

  2. Huh? I think that's a pretty stiff fee, since it doesn't include the criminal record check or training. It may not be much to a Republican, but it's a bunch of money to someone who lives in a crummy neighborhood because they're poor and walk or take a bus to work -- and who needs a gun for protection more than a Republican does.