Why two states’ permits are such hot tickets for concealed-carry crowd
By Mike Stuckey
Senior news editor
updated 9:17 a.m. ET March 25, 2010
The one-third or so of American adults who can’t obtain permits to carry concealed weapons from their home states need only look to Florida and Utah — and their mailboxes — to legally carry hidden guns.
Because both states grant concealed-carry permits to non-residents and have reciprocal agreements with other states under which their permits are recognized, possession of a Utah or Florida permit gives non-residents the right to carry hidden firearms in as many as 32 other states — though often not the one in which they live.
Tens of thousands of gun owners have obtained the non-resident permits, and their numbers are surging.
That has helped fuel the larger debate over concealed-carry permits. Gun-rights acti
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