TALLAHASSEE — Florida has granted more than 1 million people permission to carry a concealed weapon.
The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says Florida had 1,000,645 active permits as of Wednesday morning.
Officials say Florida has the largest number of concealed weapon permit holders in the nation. Applications for permits have risen sharply in the last four years.
Four out of five people with a permit are male. Roughly 10 percent of those with a valid permit are not state residents.
Anyone 21 and older and a legal resident or citizen of the United States can apply for a permit. Convicted felons who have not had their rights restored and those judged mentally incompetent are ineligible.