Florida expedites 82,000 concealed weapon licenses for veterans and active duty military

Lee’s note: This just in from Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam, who’s also running for governor.

More than 82,000 Military and Veteran Concealed Weapon License Applications Expedited in Two Years

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has expedited more than 82,000 Florida concealed weapon license applications for active military members and veterans since July 2015. Commissioner Putnam moved to expedite licenses for active military and veterans in the wake of terrorist attacks against military personnel in Chattanooga, Tennessee in the summer of 2015.

“The men and women who serve and have served our country deserve all of the support we can provide,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “I’m proud that we have expedited so many concealed weapon license applications for our active military members and veterans.”

Active military personnel who want to apply for a Florida concealed weapon license should include a copy of their Common Access Card or other form of official military identification with their applications when they submit them to the department. The department can also accept a copy of service members’ current orders as proof of active duty status. Honorably discharged veterans should submit a copy of their DD 214 long form with their applications.

There are currently 1.78 million Florida concealed weapon license holders.

Visit FreshFromFlorida.com/CWL to learn more

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