In a response to last year’s terrorist attacks at military recruiting centers, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced several new measures designed to help protect military personnel. One order called for National Guard members to move from storefront recruiting centers to armories. Another was to give preference to military members who applied for concealed-carry permits.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Safety one-upped Gov. Scott’s request. While state law allows for issuance of permits within 90 days, Adam Putnam, the department commissioner, aimed to issue all qualified active-duty military and veterans their permits within 30 days. During the first two months, their average turnaround time was just one week.
Putnam announced Tuesday that they had issued over 50,000 expedited permits to date. “The men and women who serve and have served our country deserve all of the support we can provide,” Putnam said.