|Published:||Jul 25, 2012 10:45 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 26, 2012 12:19 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fl. - 950-thousand. That's about how many Floridians have active concealed weapons permits. And with recent violence like the shooting in Colorado, that number is growing.
Experts say before the end of the year, Florida will be the first state to have more than one million permits.
"It doesn't surprise me but it is very concerning," says Vanessa Silva.
Silva is talking about Florida being on track to have more than one million concealed weapons permits by the end of the year, a stat that has her questioning if it's too easy to get a permit.
"I do agree with it's too easy, the class that I'm taking, they go in depth. The class that my business partner took, he was there for 4 hours and he was done. He walked out with his license," she says.
Folks at Fowler Firearms say it takes about 4 to 6 weeks to get a concealed weapons permit. Already this year, they've given more than 800.
"At the moment because of what's going on in the United States, we've definitely seen an increase in the past week," says Jon Dezendorf.
Dezendorf with Fowler Firearms says they see at least 30 people come to their concealed weapons classes each week.
"Laws rules and regulations... they must go to a class to get a certificate of approval to say that they have passed the class for firearms training and then they must apply to the state," he says.
State commissioners say they're issuing 10 to 15-thousand permits each month. But they say that's not an indication that's it's too easy to get one.
For Vanessa, she says this is just another tool she can use in dire circumstances.
"I'm empty handed. I have no fight I have no comeback. With having a concealed licence you and having a concealed weapon you at least feel some sense of security," she adds.