Fla. Gun Requests Spike in Recession

Jump attributed to burglary fears
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Feb 18, 2009 3:55 PM CST
A customer examines a firearm at a gun shop in Fort Worth, Texas. Florida has seen a striking jump in gun permit requests amid the recession.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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(Newser) – Floridians are arming themselves, literally, against the recession and fears of being burgled. There's been a 42% jump in concealed weapons permit requests in the past 45 days, and the state office that issues them is buried under a 95,000-application backlog. It's seeking a $4 million budget transfer to facilitate permit processing, the Miami Herald reports.

“People are getting scared. The economy is scaring them. They don't want their houses broken into,” said one official.