Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has stated that he is planning to expedite Florida concealed weapon license applications for active military members and veterans. His reasoning is due to the attacks against military personnel in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last summer. To date, the department has expedited more than 50,000 concealed carry license applications for active military members and veterans.
“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 pleased that we have been able to expedite so many active military members and veterans’ applications for a concealed weapon license.”
Active military personnel who want to apply for a Florida concealed carry license will simply need to bring a copy of their Common Access Card or another form of military identification with their concealed carry 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 may also submit a copy of their DD 214 long form with their applications.
The 36 county tax collectors that are participating have agreed to jointly expedite both the application and renewal process for concealed carry licenses in the following counties: Baker, Brevard, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, Escambia, Flagler, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Lake, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Pasco, Pinellas, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Walton and Washington.
The convenience of applying at a tax collector’s office will not affect the integrity of the concealed weapon license program. There are currently more than 1.6 million Florida concealed weapon licenses.