Near the top of my list of goals for the New Year was securing a Florida Concealed Weapon License.
Inside the (above) pictured envelope are my completed application, my FBI fingerprint card, a fresh passport-size photo (with my name and DOB carefully printed on the back, as required), a check for $112, and my training certificate. All are now on their way to beautiful Florida via U.S. Priority Mail. Barring any of a number of common problems (such as the fact that my prints are nearly worn off all of my fingers), in a few months I should be legal to drive with a concealed handgun all the way to Florida from here atop the once great State of Illinois.
Getting a law-enforcement-agency up in this neck of the woods to roll the old fashioned ink fingerprint card was difficult; it was a quest that took diligence, patience, and charm; I am known to be congenitally deficient of the latter two virtues. Around seven or eight years ago I took the Florida Concealed Weapon License training course but ultimately gave up trying to find an agency that would roll my prints; mostly, the people I spoke with (then and now) were overtly anti-gun or woefully misinformed. This past Sunday, 1/11/2015, I paid to take another Florida course (an hour's drive from home) just because there was supposed to be a cop there to roll the prints for the students; unfortunately, the cop was a no-show and there was a room full of disappointment by the end of the session. Did I get pissed off? Nope, sometimes that is the way things go; we all just have to work through our problems and move on. Heck, I will be still be making referrals to that training outfit, but the recommendations will be far less enthusiastic than in the past.
EDIT: On Saturday 1/17/2015 application arrived at destination
EDIT: On Thursday 1/22/2015 check was cashed
EDIT: On Saturday 2/28/2015 my Florida CWL was in my mailbox. That took EXACTLY 6-weeks from when the application arrived in Florida. Not bad, Florida! Not bad at all. Many thanks.