Florida assailed over firearm laws

SANFORD, Fla. — The night Trayvon Martin was shot to death, George Zimmerman was one of 1,903 residents in his ZIP formula with a assent to lift a secluded handgun, state annals show.

That amounts to about 6% of adults 21 and comparison — about a statewide average, and twice a rate of Texas.

Taking guns to work, church and elsewhere in Florida has turn widespread in a final 25 years. With scarcely 920,000 active concealed-weapons permits, a Sunshine State is home to roughly as many gun dealers as a 2,300 citrus farms, according to state and sovereign records.

Clearly, many Floridians have embraced their 2nd Amendment rights. But a state has come underneath glow by gun-control groups, that censure Martin’s genocide on Florida’s “stand your ground” law and kindly firearms rules.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence cites a unarmed teenager’s genocide as a reason to conflict a national bid to let permit-holders lift their handguns in all 50 states. Floridians can now transport armed in 32 other states.

“We’re sad about this tragedy, though we’re not astounded it happened in Florida,” pronounced Dan Gross, boss of a Brady Campaign. “The gun run has worked really tough to make Florida a armed paradise with a ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ mentality.”

Former National Rifle Assn. President Marion Hammer, a lobbyist behind a Florida Legislature’s thoroughfare of a nation’s initial “stand your ground” law in 2005, would not pronounce about a sharpened though indicted gun-control advocates of exploiting Martin’s death.

“They let no tragedy go unused. They raid on tragedies for domestic advantage and domestic gain,” she said. “There is an review going on. Nobody knows what a contribution are, and it’s inapt to make comments during this time.”

Zimmerman, 28, a area watch volunteer, called military a dusk of Feb. 26 to news Martin as a questionable person. He followed a 17-year-old opposite a dispatcher’s recommendation. An rumpus ensued and Zimmerman shot Martin to genocide in what he says was self-defense. He has not been charged, though state and sovereign authorities are questioning a shooting.

Under Florida’s concealed-carry law, residents don’t have to explain because they wish to lift a gun or denote they can strike a target.

Applicants contingency pass a rapist credentials check and a category durability adult to 4 hours on self-defense law, protected gun doing and marksmanship.

Some states set stricter requirements.

In Texas, field contingency pass a 10- to 15-hour category and a timed sharpened exam with a smallest measure of 70% while banishment 50 shots over 3 distances.

Texas has about 6 million some-more residents than Florida though half as many concealed-weapons permits, according to annals from a Texas Department of Public Safety. Texas’ 461,724 permits volume to one for each 37 adults.

In Florida, about one of each 17 adults has a permit.

California, twice as populous as Florida, has only 38,122 active concealed-weapons permits, according to a state profession general’s office. That’s one for each 688 adults.

hcurtis@tribune.com