LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A new bill could make it easier to apply for a concealed weapons permit. The bill filed into the state senate would allow tax collectors to accept applications, that means more locations to submit paperwork in Southwest Florida.
"The more options customers have to make their life a little bit easier, it's better," said Assistant Manager at Fowler Firearms and Gun Range, Nick Lostracco.
Tax collectors in Florida could soon be the next to accept applications for those who need to file for a concealed weapons permit.
"Absolutely think people are going to utilize that," said Lostracco.
Right now, Southwest Floridians have to drive to Punta Gorda to file their paperwork.
"It took four months just to get an appointment in there," said Lorraine Rizzo.
"It could be two weeks, three weeks, even four weeks to get an appointment, because there is only one place."
But if the new bill filed in the State Senate passes, more locations will open up, alleviating drive time and hassle.
"I had to take a half a day off work to drive up there, so I think it will be more convenient for the people of Lee County."
The process would not be changed in anyway, but, the Tax Collectors office is equipped to handle the entire process, that means finger printing and background checks could be done.
"I think if we did it locally with the Tax Collectors Office, it would be a much quicker process."
All permit requests would still be sent to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to be approved or denied.
"The more of these little places that open up would definitely be much better for everybody."
This bill aimed at opening more location will not be voted on until the spring.