Jacksonville - Right now, more than a half million people in Florida have a concealed weapons permit. That's a 50% jump from three years ago, according to the Department of Agriculture. More than 23,000 of those people are in Jacksonville.
People you wouldn't even expect to carry guns now feel like they have to. We spoke to two Beaches businessmen, who rallied their friends, and got all of their permits together.
Note that Florida issues permits to residents of other states, who often seek a Florida permit due to the large number of states where the Florida permit is recognized.
And in Oregon:
BAKER CITY, Ore. -- More Oregonians will get concealed weapons permits in 2008 than in any year since tallies began in 2000.
The Oregon State Police say sheriffs reported 115,600 permits for the first 11 months of 2008, with estimates of another 10,000 expected in December.
The total for 2007 was 97,227 permits, the highest previous annual number.
I wouldn't be surprised if other states start seeing increased permit applications as well.