As we know because of decades of actual experience....allowing normal, law abiding people to carry guns does not increase the crime rate, or the gun crime rate.... FDLE - Florida crime down in the first half of 2017 The crimes of murder, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and larceny were down in this report while the crimes of rape and motor vehicle theft increased. Domestic violence fell one percent, with domestic violence murder and aggravated assault down while rape and stalking were up. ===== Governor Scott: Florida at a 43-Year Crime Low The total number of crimes fell 3.8 percent from last year which translates into 27,380 fewer crimes in 2013. The number of violent crimes was also down 2.4 percent.Murder is down 3.9 percent, forcible sex offenses and robbery each declined 2.8 percent and aggravated assault is down 2.1 percent. ====== Crime down in most of Central Florida during first half of 2017, FDLE says Crime dropped in Orange and Seminole counties by nearly 4 percent, and in Osceola County by more than 8 percent. The exception was Lake County, where crime increased by about 6 percent. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings called it “extraordinary” that crime numbers were down despite the population growth and tourism in the county. He credited crime-fighting efforts in Pine Hills as one reason for the decrease. There were 36 homicides through June in all of Orange County, compared to 57 — not including the Pulse nightclub massacre — during the same period last year. Florida has the most concealed carry permits.. Which state has the most gun permits? Looking for more current numbers, we found Florida had nearly 1.4 million permit holders as of March 2015, while Texas has 825,957 as of December 2014, according to each state's official count. Florida’s number is about 1.7 times higher than Texas, which is close to Bush’s words of "nearly double."