The United States Supreme Court has affirmed the right of Americans to own guns. Many states have "shall-issue" laws where individuals cannot be denied a license to carry a concealed weapon as long as certain limited criteria are met. Florida was one of the first states to adopt this type of law.
Today more than 55,000 people in Florida have a license to carry a concealed firearm. Some feel that such "right-to-carry" laws create a more dangerous society. Some feel safety is increased, and that instances of crime are reduced. Owing to complexities in reporting, it is difficult to determine the actual overall effect on safety, and crime, of legally concealed weapons. This series of portraits explores some of the license holders willing to be photographed while carrying a weapon.