TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — After multiple mass shootings, President Joe Biden this week announced a series of executive actions targeting increasing gun violence across the United States and named his nominee to run the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The six executive actions named in Biden’s announcement remain limited in effect without a larger set of legislative measures to more fully address the ongoing gun violence issues in the U.S. Still, the executive actions are a first step to make good on a pledge the president made to address “common-sense steps” taking aim at gun control reforms.
As Biden pushes to limit gun modifications and have the Justice Department publish a new “red flag” model for states, the department will also be publishing a comprehensive report on firearms tracking across the U.S., including online sales of so-called “ghost guns,” according to the White House.
While the president works on executive efforts to tackle gun control nationally, states each have their own rules and regulations for gun owners and gun safety. Without legislative action, it is unclear exactly how much the new executive actions will do to affect the proliferation of guns in the U.S.
How many guns are registered in Florida?
The ATF reported that, as of April 2020, Florida had 497,078 firearms registered through the National Firearms Act. The ATF report also states that there were 63 firearms importers, 461 firearms manufacturers and 518 firearms dealers in the state, based on 2019 tax data.
While there is some federal information on gun ownership collected by the ATF, the State of Florida does not have a registry of firearms or their owners. By law, keeping a list of legally-owned firearms or law-abiding firearm owners is illegal. The law prevents state agencies or any local government from maintaining such a list. Florida does not require a permit to own a gun.
Still, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Licensing does maintain a statistical count of the number of concealed weapon/firearm license holders there are in each Florida county. It does not disclose the identities of the license holders, nor does it state how many guns each licensee owns.
That being said, not all counties are armed equally.
How many concealed carry licensees are there in Florida?
As of March 31, 2021, Florida DACS data shows how many concealed carry licensees are in each county (Tampa Bay area counties are bolded):
|COUNTY||# OF LICENSEES||COUNTY POPULATION|
|Out of State||229,290|
Based on the data from FLDACS, the Top 10 counties with the most concealed carry licensed gun owners in Florida are:
- Miami-Dade: 172,105
- Broward: 156,118
- Hillsborough: 124,816
- Palm Beach: 126,385
- Orange: 102,684
- Duval: 102,085
- Pinellas: 85,595
- Lee: 79,908
- Brevard: 78,478
- Polk: 72,233