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With Ag Effort, Thousands Of Gun Applications For Active Military, Vets Already Processed

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The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has already processed thousands of concealed weapon license applications for active military members and veterans.

It’s been two months since the deadly attacks at military recruitment centers in Tennessee. In that time, Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order aimed at protecting Florida’s National Guard.

It includes speeding up the application process for the Guardsmen and women applying for a concealed weapons permit.

Building on that Executive Order, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam decided to streamline the process for all active military members and veterans.

“So, we went about and developed a business model and try to focus on receiving an application, and turning that application back within 30 days. And, our intention was receive an application either in our regional offices—we have eight around the state—13 current tax collectors are part of our partnership, where the veteran or active duty person can go into the tax collector as well, and/or through traditional snail mail,” said Grea Bevis, giving an update to Florida lawmakers during a recent meeting of the House Military and Veteran Affairs Subcommittee.

As the Director of the Division of Licensing at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bevis is in charge of administering the concealed carry weapons program.

“So, we felt like 30 days was achievable,” said Bevis. “So, we developed a business model. And, since then, 60 days ago today since we basically started looking at this, I’m pleased to report we have issued 7,549 licenses to either current military personnel and/or veterans. Currently, we’ve got 311 in a respective queue and our average time right now is roughly six days on turnaround.”

Those active military members and veterans interested in taking part in the expedited processing can visit the agency’s website for more information at

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