A trio of central Florida sheriffs are reportedly telling their constituents to arm themselves and carry “whenever they can,” according to WOFL in Lake Mary, the Orlando-area Fox News affiliate.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said earlier in the week that residents of the Tampa area should obtain a concealed carry license, and this came two weeks after Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivy reportedly offered the same advice to his residents.
They’ve been joined by Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood.
“There’s not enough police in America to stop all of the threats,” Chitwood said in an interview.
Currently, more than 2 million Florida concealed carry licenses are in circulation. The state has the highest number of active licenses of any state in the country.
According to Florida Insider, “In the week after George Floyd’s death, Florida processed more than twice the number of background checks than it did in the same week in 2019.”
The website also noted, “The number of Floridians who sought voluntary background checks so they could buy guns surged in the days and weeks after protests started following the death of George Floyd on May 25. Since June 1, Florida has processed 30,657 background checks. The peak was reached the following day on June 2, when the state processed 10,318 background checks in one day.”
Having observed the gun buying spike on the national scale, Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Washington State-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms observed, “We’ve witnessed something that is nothing short of a sea change, and in some cases might approach the level of epiphany, about gun ownership. We’ve heard anecdotal reports from all over the country about people flocking to gun shops who had never before owned a firearm. Now that they are gun owners, we expect them to be very protective of their rights.”
It is a stunning situation in the wake of several weeks of social unrest following the Floyd incident in Minneapolis. People concerned about threats to defund police agencies are now worrying about their ability to defend themselves, and lawmen like Judd, Chitwood and Ivy are providing some clarity to the situation.
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