Concealed Weapons Fees Are Lowered

March 31, 2016

The cost to get concealed-weapons licenses will be reduced under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Rick Scott.

The measure reduces the license fee from $70 to $60 on the initial application and from $60 to $50 for renewals. With nearly 1.5 million concealed-weapons licenses currently issued in Florida, the change is projected to reduce state revenue by $2.99 million next fiscal year, according to a Senate analysis of the bill. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, whose agency oversees concealed-weapons licenses, has said the measure is part of efforts to make the application process “more convenient and affordable.”

by The News Service of Florida


11 Responses to “Concealed Weapons Fees Are Lowered”

  1. Bob's Brother on April 3rd, 2016 9:12 pm

    @ Sedition…. Very well stated, Sir and a very valuable comparison between the 1st and 2nd Amendment. Bravo

  2. jeeperman on April 2nd, 2016 11:00 am

    The reduced fee ($10 less) was only signed into law on March 30th.
    It becomes effective is when?

  3. Sedition on April 2nd, 2016 8:28 am

    It’s a complete travesty that we have to ask the government’s permission to purchase a firearm, but it’s salt, lemon juice and Carolina Reaper hot sauce rubbed in the wound when we not only have to ask to BEAR a firearm, but have to pay to exercise that RIGHT.

    Amendment II

    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

    How would the masses feel if they had to ask permission and pay a fee to speak freely, I wonder?

  4. AmmoB on April 1st, 2016 11:03 pm

    @ mick I’m with you. I just received my renewal application and it states $60 and not the $50 fee that was mentioned.

    @ Bob’s Brother I paid the same fee of $127 when I applied 7 years ago but that also covered all of the other processing fees that are required I believe. I’m glad to see the lower renewal fees though.

    @ Tom…that’s a good idea to kick the excess money back to the local law offices.

  5. Bob's Brother on April 1st, 2016 12:44 pm

    @ Tom… Sir, I believe the Governor and Legislature reduced the fees so that they’d be more affordable to the average Joe. When I got my permit a few years ago, the fee was $127.00.. . Pretty oppressive when you consider that the 2nd Amendment says that the “Right to bear arms shall not be infringed.”

  6. jeeperman on April 1st, 2016 12:21 pm

    Do not worry Tom,
    The U.S. Justice Department has re-started the Assets Forfeiture Sharing Program.
    So once again your assets can be seized if any LEO decides to “suspect” your assets were obtained with funds illegally obtained.
    Then you get to hire lawyers and prove that your assets were obtained legally.

  7. James on April 1st, 2016 11:44 am

    “The number of US law enforcement shootings when no weapon is visible are appalling” – The suspect who killed the state trooper killed yesterday in Virginia didn’t have a weapon visible. It didn’t make him less dangerous. The skewed statistics that you’ve surely seen include cops who shoot at suspects trying to run them down with a car, suspects who tell the cop they have a gun and are going to shoot while their hand is concealed in a pocket (hint: bullets can go through pockets), and other ridiculous incidents. I spent 6 years as a cop, three military tours overseas and 4 years as a contractor. They are different jobs with different dangers, and different ROE/UoF.

    “No weapon, no immediate threat…No shot…That goes for everyone.” – No weapon doesn’t mean no immediate threat. Trayvon Martin.

  8. Karl on March 31st, 2016 5:19 pm

    I’m OGA trained and required to carry 2 weapon systems with requal while working in the war zones. Please remember that walking out of a gun store doesn’t make someone ready for primetime. The number of US law enforcement shootings when no weapon is visible are appalling…I would be fired immediately for such gross judgment violations, even in a war zone. No weapon, no immediate threat…No shot…That goes for everyone.

  9. Tom on March 31st, 2016 8:31 am

    Why reduce the fee ? If the state doesn’t need the money, give the extra $10.00 to local law enforcement agencies in the county where the license is purchased. $10.00 to the average concealed carry person ain’t that big a deal, and Lord knows the local law agencies could really use the bucks.

  10. mick on March 31st, 2016 8:21 am

    So where is the rebate for 2016 applications?

  11. Bob C. on March 31st, 2016 8:11 am

    Two female friends, age 66 + who feel the need to ‘carry’ due to more thugs and possible threats from nearly anywhere applied for their CWL the last week of February and actually received their permit within 2 weeks.

    Drugs, robberies, car jackings, home invasions, random shootings, rising crime rates in Escambia Co. and for them a general feeling of an increasing lack of personal safety, caused two petite ladies to decide that they not only wanted to be armed but felt they Must be prepared to protect themselves.

    Turns out they are both quite good shots. Being armed and carrying helps them feel more confident in their daily travels. Sort of sad that we have come down to that point in our community. But, when you don’t feel safe you have to help yourself.

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