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Florida to speed up concealed weapon licenses for active military, veterans

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Responding to the Chattanooga shootings that killed five service members, Florida is making it easier for veterans and active military to get concealed weapon licenses.

Four U.S. Marines and a Navy petty officer were killed on July 16 when a man opened fire at two military facilities in Tennessee, before being shot and killed by police.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will offer expedited Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License applications for current and recently discharged service members.

“The men and women who serve and have served our country deserve all of the support we can provide,” Putnam said Monday in a statement. “We are pleased to expedite active military members and veterans’ applications for a concealed weapon license, and our partnership with tax collectors throughout the state will make this process even more convenient.”

To apply for an expedited concealed weapons license, active military personnel must include identification such as a Common Access Card when they submit paperwork to the department. The agency will accept a copy of service members’ current orders as proof status.  Honorably discharged veterans should also provide a copy of the DD 214 discharge papers with the application.

Applying for a Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License can be done by mail or in person. Applications can be downloaded at

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