February 6, 2018
Crestview, FL – If there’s one thing about which Crestview Police Chief Tony Taylor is adamant, it’s the right of every law-abiding American to keep and bear arms.
So it was music to his ears when Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced Jan. 30th that his office was expediting the concealed weapons permit applications of 100,000 veterans and active duty members of the military.
“My officers and I are strong Second Amendment supporters,” Chief Taylor said. “We unequivocally support a citizen’s right to own and lawfully use firearms, especially when they’re as well-trained in firearms use as our military members.”
According to a media release, Commissioner Putnam moved to expedite processing the licenses in the wake of a July 2015 attacks against military personnel in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in which a Navy sailor and four Marines were killed and another Marine and a police officer were wounded.
The shooter was killed by police in a gunfight at a Navy recruiting center he had attacked. Then-FBI Director James B. Comey said the shooter was “motivated by foreign terrorist organization propaganda.”
“Florida should be the most military- and veteran-friendly state in the country,” Commissioner Putnam said. “I’m proud that we have expedited 100,000 concealed weapon license applications for our active military members and veterans.”
Chief Taylor, whose personal firearms collection includes a Soviet World War II rifle, said the U.S. is unique among nations in that a citizen’s right to have firearms is protected by the country’s constitution and it’s his sworn duty, and that of his officers, to protect that right and all constitutional rights.
“We will not do or support or participate in anything that diminishes a law-abiding citizen’s right to keep and bear arms,” he said. “This is one of our precious freedoms and we’re going to make sure nobody tries to take it from you.”