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How many Floridians carry concealed weapons?

A higher percentage of people in North Florida have permits to carry concealed than in other part of the state.  Just how common are concealed weapons?

RELATED: Where permit holders can carry, where they can't

Common misconceptions on gun laws

While it's common knowledge that the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives Americans the right to bear arms, there are hundreds of federal and state laws regulating who can buy them, what kind, where they can be carried and where they cannot.

Victims of violence question gun access

Despite sporadic calls for new gun laws after mass school or workplace shootings, 21 states have passed laws expanding the rights of gun owners over the past year, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

What's your concealed weapons permit IQ?

A concealed weapons permit is state license for civilians to legally carry guns or other weapons in public.  What does it take to obtain one and what limits are there of where they can be carried?

Keeping a gun close, but safe

If you're planning on buying a gun, one guarantee is that a lock will come with it -- standard.  If you already own a gun, that universal cable lock just costs about $5 and will keep the weapons safe and away from kids and crooks.

Police getting guns off the streets

During the last two years the Jacksonville Sheriff Office has made a big push to get illegal and unwanted guns off the streets by paying a cash bounty to people to turn in guns and to turn in criminals with guns.

Buying: Gun shop vs. gun shows

If you’ve met the legal requirements -- you're old enough (18 for long gun, 21 for handgun) and pass a background check, then buying a gun in North Florida isn't hard.

Marketing guns to women

Pink and purple are the new black.  Gun dealers and manufacturers are providing new, colorful guns and accessories for the fastest-growing segment of the firearms market: women.

How to transport a gun

What do you do if you need to transport a gun but don't have a permit to carry it?

Ammunition 101

Obviously guns can't work without ammunition, or bullets. There are countless categories and types of ammo, and it can get complicated.

High school gun documentary wins honor

It was a mandatory class assignment and the only thing three Mandarin High School students were after was a good grade.  But the documentary on guns laws they produced earned so much more: Honors from C-SPAN and a cash reward.

Ladies night on the gun range

A local gun shop has a woman-only night to help a growing number of women who want to know how to handle guns in a safe,  supportive environment.

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Firearms In Florida: By The Numbers

• You must be 18 years or older to buy a shotgun or rifle. There is a background check but no waiting period.

• Any citizen 21 and older can buy a handgun. There is a background check and three-day waiting period. (Read all Florida gun purchase requirements)

Chapter 790 of Florida statutes: Weapons and Firearms

• Because federal rules prohibit a permanent database of gun sales or ownership, no one knows how many guns there are in Florida.

• According to the Pew Research Center, 37% of Americans say they or someone in their household owns a gun. The U.S. Census Bureau says there were 7,147,013 households in Florida in 2012.

• As of March 31, 1,429,505 Floridians held concealed carry permits. The percentage of adults that can legally carry guns ranges from 5 percent in Miami-Date County to 13 percent in Nassau County.

• 55,822 Duval County residents hold concealed weapons permits.

• Over three different buyback programs in Duval County over the past year, the Sheriff's Office says it has received 2,035 guns.

• In 2013 the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office recovered 33 stolen firearms. The department will pay $1,000 for the name of someone carrying an illegal gun if that tip leads to an arrest.

• Florida and 16 other states bar employers from preventing their employees from bringing guns to work and keeping them locked in their vehicles, even if those vehicles are on the property of the employer.

• Four of every 10 people admitted to a Florida hospital or emergency room with a nonfatal wound were shot by accident, according to data from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.

• Florida had double the national average of accidental shootings over the past three years, according to 2013 statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler and Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford are strong supporters of gun ownership and concealed carry laws, believing good citizens with guns help deter crime.

Sheriffs' strong feelings on gun laws

Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler and Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford are strong supporters of gun ownership and concealed carry laws, believing good citizens with guns help deter crime.

What's it take to legally pack heat?

Follow a Channel 4 promotions producer step-by-step through the process of obtaining a concealed carry permit in the state of Florida.

UNCUT: Eye view of firearms training

Camera in Google Glass records Christina's view of her session on the gun range.

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
- Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

"Guns aren't violent, people are, and that's what we need to focus on."
- Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford

"The one thing a criminal fears more than police is a good guy with a gun."
- Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler

"At what point did we decide shooting somebody was an acceptable resolution to a dispute?"
- Ryan Backmann, Compassionate Families' victim advocate

"I'm just shocked that it's 10 percent."
- Sheriff Joey Dobson upon learning that only 1-in-10
Baker County adults hold concealed carry permits

"Before, people just wanted to buy a gun and keep it in their home. Now they actually want to know how to use a firearm, how to clean it and what's the safest way to conceal it."
- Phillip Gazaleah, gun shop owner

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