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New bill could make getting a concealed weapon permit much easier

A new bill would make the process of applying for -- and renewing -- a concealed weapon permit in Florida easier and faster.

Right now if you want a concealed weapon license  you have to go through the State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
   
It has only eight regional offices in Florida.
The one in our area is in Fort Walton Beach.
   
If the bill becomes law, county tax collectors would be able to handle gun permit applications.
The bill is sponsored by two republicans, State Senator Wilton Simpson of Trilby and Representative James Grant of Tampa.
   
Their proposal wouldn't change any of the requirements for getting a license.

They say it's just about making the process more convenient.
 "It's a great thing. I think it's something that's obviously needed."

Kim Andrews, Voter: "It's already something people really need to think wisely about and it's not something we need to necessarily make easier."
   
A final decision on the bill  is expected to be made during Florida's next legislative session, which begins in March.