Number of women in Florida with concealed-weapon permits jumps (video)

Shirley Hedge spent more than 40 years saving lives as…

Shirley Hedge spent more than 40 years saving lives as a nurse.

Now retired, “Shotgun Shirley” represents the biggest increase among Florida’s more than 1 million people who have concealed-weapon permits: women 66 and older.

Hedge, 66, is one of 34,937 women in her age bracket licensed to carry a gun almost anywhere they want in Florida and 35 other states. Their numbers have jumped 619 percent since 2004 — the earliest year with available data — when there were 4,856 women licensed in the same age group, according to state records.

Source: Henry Pierson Curtis and Scott Powers for the Orlando Sentinel

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