Get hold of a copy of the book posted here. The author is an attorney in Florida, handles a lot of firearms related questions, and addresses federal and Florida firearms law in great detail in the book. There's a whole chapter on how to get your permit and what to do if it's denied.
"An armed society is a polite society." Robert A. Heinlein
"After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military."
William S. Burroughs