How overwhelming is Florida's gun culture? A study by Mayors Against Gun Violence reveals that Florida has 3.2 times as many federally licensed gun dealerships as post offices.
In fact, the group reports, 99.3 percent of Sunshine State residents live within 10 miles of a firearms dealer, which they say disproves the gun lobby's claims that background checks would be a burden for private gun sellers.
The statistics are also alarming in light of a review by Harvard University's Injury Control Research Center that found "a broad array of evidence" indicates that where there are more guns, there is more homicide. The Atlantic reports that 9,151 Floridians died by gun between 2007 and 2010, behind only California and Texas.
Despite all the violence, legislators in Tallahassee pushed through a 2011 law thatprevents local and municipal governments from enforcing firearms laws stricter than the state's, and in July reduced application and renewal fees for concealed carry permits. Florida became the fastest state to reach one million concealed carry permitsin December.
Nationwide, there 58,344 federally licensed gun dealers in the United States, according to the mayors group, which is nearly four times the number of McDonald’s...
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