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Florida to Be First State With 1 Million Concealed-Weapons Licenses

We told you yesterday about how a review of Florida "Stand Your Ground" cases revealed that many of the people getting away with homicide had (several) previous arrests, and we told you before that about the Tampa Bay Times study that found that the law, which allowed Floridians to kill people they are scared of, is being applied in all kinds of unpredictable (and contradictory) ways.

Now, there's another Florida quirk coming to light to make you uncomfortable about shootouts in the street: We're on pace to be the first state to issue 1 million concealed-weapons permits.

Florida has about 950,000 active permits, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and more than 10,000 more are being issued every month. With a population just over 19 million, that'll mean there's around a 1 in 20 possibility that somebody you run into at your New Year's party is licensed to have a gun hidden in their britches.

Not a bad thing in and of itself, but with the rate of "justifiable homicides" doubling over the past decade, it's certainly interesting to know how many people could be packing.