U.S. House of Representative Passes Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 With Bipartisan Support
By Space Coast Daily // December 7, 2017
historic day for law-abiding gun owners
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 allows a qualified individual to carry a concealed weapon in states that allow individuals to carry concealed weapons.
The National Rifle Association applauded the United States House of Representatives on Wednesday for passing the most far-reaching expansion of self-defense rights in modern American history.
“This is a historic day for law-abiding gun owners and an affirmation that our constitutional right to keep and bear arms does not end when we leave our home state,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.
“Florida operates the nation’s largest concealed weapon licensing program, and national reciprocity will reduce the burden on Floridians who travel out of state with their guns.”
Florida currently operates the nation’s largest concealed weapon licensing program with more than 1.8 million active licenses and has reciprocity agreements with 36 other states.
Since coming into to office, Putnam has worked to make applying for or renewing a Florida concealed weapon license as convenient and efficient as possible.
In 2014, he launched a first-of-its-kind partnership with county tax collector’s offices to receive applications, take fingerprints and send the information to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for processing.
To date, 51 counties participate in the program and nearly 250,000 Floridians have applied for or renewed a concealed weapons license at a tax collector’s office.
The department also expedites concealed weapon license applications for all active military members and veterans. To date, more than 90,000 active military members and veterans have received expedited concealed weapon licenses.
For more information on Florida concealed weapon licenses, visit FreshFromFlorida.com
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