Armed in America: Why these people in Southwest Florida carry guns

Armed in America: Why these people in Southwest Florida carry guns

(Photo: Kinfay Moroti/news-press.com) Earlier this year, The News-Press and the Naples Daily News put out a call for the stories of gun owners and received dozens of responses. Perhaps the intent was optimistic, naïve: that personal stories could add something to debates often stripped to black and white. But are they debates? Or are they fights, revealing a rift in how Americans define what it means to be safe. Can calls for preserving gun rights be balanced with preventing what’s become a nightmarish aspect of American life? What was clear from the responses: gun owners share passion and commonalities. The majority were men who grew up around guns. White men are the most likely to own guns among the 30 percent of U.S. adults estimated to own guns, said a 2017 Pew Research Center survey that found protection ranked as the top reason for gun ownership. More: Guns and coffee: A community’s appetite for both Scant data is kept on gun owners, but studies estimate most possess between three and eight guns. Florida does not require permits to buy guns, but does require background checks, which have more than doubled in the past decade to nearly one million in 2017, show Florida Department of Law Enforcement data. More: Audit: Florida failed to complete gun background checks on more than 100,000 applicants A license is required to carry a concealed weapon. About 8 percent of Floridians, or 1.8 million residents, now hold licenses. In Lee County, it’s a percent more, […]

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