As of December of 2012 Florida has over 1,000,000 concealed carry permits. With what we are hearing in the news we would believe that violent crime would be spiraling out of control in Florida. The reality is that the exact opposite is happening. Firearm-related violent crimes in Florida have dropped by one-third in just four years, 2007 to 2011, while concealed carry permits jumped by 90 percent in that period. Further, violent crime of any kind dropped almost as much, 26 percent. In contrast cities like Chicago keep passing laws to restrict guns and can’t figure out why crime is increasing. They miss the point that the people committing violent gun crimes are already breaking the law by illegally shooting someone and it is unlikely that the punishment of carrying an illegal firearm would prevent them from committing murder. Often time the driving factor for someone to get a concealed carry permit is a close call or some other concern about criminal activity. We often see clients that take the concealed carry class, follow the protocols they are taught but get a carrying a concealed firearm charge because they have not yet received a concealed carry permit. We also see people that are concerned for their safety but have not had an opportunity to obtain the permit. This can be concerning because if they are adjudicated guilty of the felony charge they could potentially be forever barred from possessing a firearm. Daytona Beach carrying a concealed weapon attorney Kevin J. Pitts is a former prosecutor with extensive criminal defense experience. When your rights are on the line contact the attorney Kevin J. Pitts at 386-451-5112 to set up a free consultation. Mr. Pitts understands how to challenge the evidence in your case from the stop, detention, search and arrest and if proper procedures are not followed motions will be filed to suppress the illegally obtained evidence.
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