Washington and Holmes county residents could soon be among those finding the concealed carry permitting process more convenient.
A Senate committee has already passed legislation that would allow applicants to apply for or renew permits at their tax collector's office. Currently, those desiring to apply for a concealed carry permit must drive to one of the state's eight regional offices, the nearest being in Tallahassee.
The measure as currently written would allow tax collectors to charge a "convenience fee" on top of the current permit cost. $22 could be added to the $70 new application fee and $12 added to the $60 renewal fee.
Permits would still be issued through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service's Division of Licensing. The department would also continue to handle the required background checks. The tax collectors' role would simply be to expedite the process by accepting applications, an added duty which would come at the request of the tax collector.
The proposal has heavy backing from the National Rifle Association - and interest from both Washington County Tax Collector Ken Naker and Holmes County Tax Collector Bill Bell.
For full story and more, read the March 5 edition of the Washington County News and the Holmes County Times Advertiser.