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.