NEWTOWN, Conn –-(Ammoland.com)- More than 1 million Floridians have their concealed carry permit, but the gender and age bracket showing the largest increase might surprise you–it's women 66 years of age and older.
Their numbers have jumped 619 percent since 2004, reports the Orlando Sentinel, and total nearly 35,000 individuals licensed to carry a firearm in the Sunshine State and 35 other states.
The Sentinel also reports that women in the youngest age bracket, 21 to 35, with pistol permits increased 463 percent to more than 40,000.
While gun ownership is up, the Sentinel reports violent crime in Florida has dropped nearly 60 percent in the last 20 years.
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