Money sought for concealed weapons background checks

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A surge in applications has led to a projected $4.34 million deficit.

With a surge in people seeking concealed-weapons licenses, a legislative panel next week will consider approving an additional $4.34 million for processing background checks.

The Legislative Budget Commission, which is made up of House and Senate members, will consider the proposal during a Feb. 18 meeting.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Licensing, which oversees concealed weapons licenses, requested approval of what is known as budget authority to cover a projected $4.34 million deficit.

“The Division of Licensing is experiencing the largest volume of concealed weapon license applications in the program’s history,” information prepared for the commission meeting said.

“The 203,000 background checks billed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in the first six months of this year translates to an annual total of 400,000 background checks through June 30th, substantially above any prior fiscal year total.”


Republished with permission from the News Service of Florida.

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  • Agatha Tate

    February 12, 2021 at 3:40 am

    Ummmm, why is this the taxpayers’ problem? If more people are applying for permits why do their application fees not cover the cost to rin the checks? Raise THEIR fees, don’t use money that’s needed for more imperative issues facing the state like affordable housing or waterway cleanup.

  • Elijah Bell

    February 14, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Money used to support the 2nd amendment is not wasteful.

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