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New Local Location Allows Tax Collector's Office To Collect Gun Applications

Walton County Tax Collector's office

There’s now another option for local residents to apply for a concealed weapons permit. A branch of the Walton County Tax Collector’s office is the latest to participate in a new partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to speed up the process.

The Northern Branch of the Walton County Tax Collector’s Office in Defuniak Springs now helps process state concealed weapons permit applications. Florida Ag spokesman Aaron Keller says it’s a relatively new partnership because of a law passed last year.

“Concealed weapon license in Florida are very popular, and so, when it comes to renewing or applying, often there is a bit of wait time because so many people are interested in it,” said Keller. “So, in addition to our eight regional offices as well as being able to apply online and via mail, residents can now apply at 12 county Tax Collector’s offices around Florida.”

In addition to the now 20 physical locations, Keller says his agency is working to expand to other counties.

“This is kind of the first phase of this partnership,” added Keller. “We expect to roll this out to other counties throughout Florida. Really the goal is to make applying for your conceal weapons license or renewing it as convenient as possible.”

After the Tax Collector’s offices receive the applications, take fingerprints and photos, the information is sent to the Ag Department--which will still issue the permits.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.