FL grants millions for gun permit backlog

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) -- Janie's got a gun -- but now Jimmy wants one, too.

And Joe. And John.

That's according to Florida officials, who say they are so backlogged by residents seeking concealed weapons permits that they will hire five-dozen new workers to deal with the paperwork.

The state approved $3.8 million for the new hires on Wednesday. It should translate to 61 temporary jobs from April 1st through June 30th.

The budget will come from fees paid by applicants, state officials said, and most of the money will go toward criminal background checks.

Florida's gun permitting backlog has reached about 90,000. State Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson attributes the surge in applications to higher crime due to the recession.