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Can you apply for a gun permit without leaving your home?

Obtaining a permit to carry a concealed gun in Florida is so easy that Floridians can do it without leaving the comfort of their own homes, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

Dan Gross, the president of the group, testified about Florida’s gun laws at a briefing held with some congressional Democrats March 27. The topic was racial profiling and "stand your ground" laws in the wake of the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Martin, an unarmed black teenager from Miami Gardens, was shot and killed by a white neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla. The volunteer, George Zimmerman, has not been arrested, and that has spurred debate of Florida’s "stand your ground" gun law.

The Brady Campaign says Florida has become a "great success story" for the gun lobby.

"In Florida, being armed in public is such a casual formality that law enforcement does not issue the license to carry loaded, concealed guns; that is done by the Department of Agriculture – the same agency charged with issuing permits to pick tomatoes or transport livestock," Gross said. 

"Their website is FreshFromFlorida.com. You can use it to get a permit to carry a loaded hidden gun without ever leaving your house," he added.

Gross made it sound incredibly easy to obtain a concealed weapons permit. Can Floridians simply log on to FreshFromFlorida.com and obtain a weapons permit without getting off the couch? PolitiFact investigates.

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Rich7553

Placing "truth" and "Brady Campaign" in the same sentence creates an oxymoron.

Jim

Actually you can not get a Florida Concealed weapons license with out getting off the couch. You are required to pass a Florida approved class and show proficiency with a firearm. Yes the Florida Dept of Agriculture issues the license but they also conduct the background check as well as the background check for purchasing a firearm. The US Dept of Agriculture issued home loans but probably no one has an issue with that? The above post talks about George Zimmerman, hispanic not "white", it also discusses racil profiling but it was the 911 operator who asked if the person was black or what. This post continues to show how people with agendas will warp anything for their purposes.

Bryan Bradshaw

That would only be true if you possessed a few things before-hand.

1. A fingerprint card, taken at a Florida police station.

2. A passport photo.

3. A piece of training documentation of some kind, which could include a hunter safety course that is approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NRA safety or training course, a course instructed by a certified NRA instructor, law enforcement firearms safety training, proof of military service, or documented evidence of experience with firearms through competition.

4. A complete application for the CCP, which you cannot get online, you must ask for it via snail mail. Each one has a unique tracking number, so making a bunch of copies of one is useless.

5. And of course, the money. Currently, there is a $117 dollar fee for the permit, provided your not a consular security official or police officer of any kind, and that is broken into $75 for the actual license fee, and $42 for the fingerprint processing fee.

I feel like I may have missed something, but I believe that covers it. There is a place in Orlando where if you make an appointment you can get all that done in one place, but their wait time is usually 2-3 months.

So basically what I'm saying is, there is no way it is possible to do all of that from your house. ESPECIALLY the fingerprints.

And if your a regular citizen, with no police or military background, then your even less able to do this from home as you have to take some kind of firearms safety training course, and it must be taught by a person(s) with Florida approved certifications.

This is another perfect example of the truth and the ACTUAL situation being warped and twisted to fit each individual's agenda. That guy doesn't like guns, so he tries to use this situation to make it look like guns are the problem.

The real problem here sir, is the EXACT SAME PROBLEM it's always been from the beginning of recorded history, and that's people.

People that don't like each other, and you can call it by whatever term you wish, have always been the core issue with tragedies like this. If you remove guns from the equation, and the man was intent on killing the other, there are plenty of other ways for him to go about doing so.

SO before you go trying to push your agenda on everyone else by warping the truth and misrepresenting facts, as so many politicians seem wont to do, I suggest you actually research what the hell your talking about so you don't sound like a complete jackass.

Because after reading this, that's how you sound. HeeHaw mister.

whasup

I suppose the Brady Campaign gun-hating liberals would rather innocent citizens had to "stand their ground" defending themselves against gun-toting thugs, many of who commit a crime just by having a gun, using knives, clubs, and whatever non-gun weapon might be handy.

Of course, the fanatical Bradyites would probably rather have us innocent, law-abiding citizens get background checks before we can legally grab that knife, club, or whatever to defend ourselves.

Matthew

The Brady Campaign profit for every gun death, so they need more deaths and they do that by disarming the victims for the criminals.

They are murderers, and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

jack

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Bill Somosa

You can get a concealed weapons permit without ever getting off the couch. Do your due diligence before posting your article. I can substantiate my comments and I'll bet you your job that you cannot. You can have an Nra cerified or a Florida K licensed firearms instructor visit your home and do the class in your home. Florida does not have a So called "approved" firearms training class as you state, no such thing, they only require you to attend a firearms training class through available through various venues. Your finger prints can be taken in your home via a current FDLE certified police officer and your passport photos can be taken in your home. Your application package and all the required documentation can be mailed to the Division of Licensing in Tallahase without ever needing to leave your home. Do your homework before posting an article and misinforming folks. Getting a Florida concealed weapons permit sometimes doesn't even require a class, just the right instructor to sign off and give your a firearm safety and training certificate for $20, you can even do the class on line for $39 and be issued a certificate saying you can handle firearms.

George Caro

Please do give us a call before applying for a Florida concealed weapons permit. We'll be more than happy to assist you through the whole process. Visit us at http://license2carry.com or (305) 282-4486. It's not all as crazy it seems as long as you take a responsible approach.

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I'm inclined to say its o.k. as in N.J. But, to be on the safe side contact your state attorneys office and pose the question.

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