Sunday, January 28, 2007

Trigger Happy

(AP) An analysis of state records show the roughly 410,000 Floridians licensed to carry hidden guns included 1,400 who had pleaded guilty or no contest to felonies, 216 with outstanding warrants, 128 named in active domestic violence injunctions and six registered sex offenders, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

The newspaper said it found that concealed weapons permits have soared from roughly 25,000 in 1987, the first year carrying a concealed gun was legal in Florida, to more than 410,000.

...the newspaper obtained the state's concealed weapons permit list shortly before state lawmakers sealed it from public scrutiny...

Of course, the NRA said responsibility lies squarely with "bleeding-heart, criminal-coddling judges and prosecutors," not a national addiction to firearms.


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