That’s what Florida is looking at, sometime next week.
With a total population, that means over 5% of Floridians have a permit. But according to the Census Bureau, 21% of Floridians — some 4 million — are children under 18. (Permit holders must be supermajority age of 21). That makes the percentage of eligible Floridians quite a bit higher: probably around 8%.
Michael Peltier of Reuters explains:
Applications for the permits in the state of 19.1 million people have doubled since 2007. Only 0.3 percent of the more than 2 million total permits issued since 1987 have been revoked, said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
“Floridians who are obtaining these licenses are obtaining them for the right reason and are using them in an appropriate way,” Putnam said.
The state processed more criminal background checks for firearm purchases on Black Friday, the busy shopping day that follows Thanksgiving, than any single other day in the state’s history, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey said.
For once, we’re not going to tell you to Read The Whole Thing™ because, after those grafs, Peltier plunges off into a widely inaccurate description of the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case, and Florida law in general.