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In an investigation of Florida’s concealed weapons system, the South Florida SunSentinel found that those licensed to carry guns in the first half of 2006 included more
than 1,400 individuals who had pleaded guilty or no contest to felonies, 216 individuals
with outstanding warrants, 128 people with active domestic violence injunctions against
them, and six registered sex offenders.7
The number of defensive gun uses is dwarfed by the frequency of crimes committed with
guns. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports, the
1 Note that the gun lobby has made it a priority in recent years to increase the number of “shall issue”
Violence Policy Center, License to Kill IV: More Guns, More Crime (June 2002), at
Id. at 2.
Id. at 5.
William C. Rempel & Richard A. Serrano, Felons Get Concealed Gun Licenses Under Bush’s ‘Tough’
Gun Law, L.A. Times, Oct. 3, 2000, at A1.
Megan O’Matz, In Florida, It’s Easy to Get a License to Carry a Gun, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Jan.
28, 2007, at 1A. 203 © Legal Community Against Violence 2008 number of crime victims who successfully use firearms to defend themselves is very
small. Of the 30,694 Americans who died by gunfire in 2005, only 147 were shot in
justifiable homicides by private citizens with firearms.8
Summary of Federal Law
Federal law provides that certain law enforcement officers may carry concealed firearms.
Any “qualified law enforcement officer” with proper agency-issued identification may
carry a concealed firearm.9 The term “qualified law enforcement officer” is defined as
any employee of a governmental agency who:
• Is authorized to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or
prosecution of, or the incarceration of any person for, any violation of law, and
has statutory powers of arrest;
• Is authorized by the agency to carry a firearm;
• Is not the subject of any disciplinary action by the agency;
• Meets the standards, if any, established by the agency which require the employee
to regularly qualify in the use of a firearm;
• Is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug
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