Democrat Nikki Fried, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, said she has suspended the concealed carry licenses of 28 gun owners charged with the January 6 uprising in the US Capitol.
“I oversee the secret weapons licensing and private investigative, security and recovery services industries,” Nikki Fried wrote in a January 5 tweet. “So far I have suspended 28 licenses of individuals accused of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol and our democracy.”
“The deeply disturbing events that took place at our nation’s capitol on January 6 were treason, treason and domestic terrorism—and the individuals involved in the uprising must be held accountable for attempting to dismantle our democratic process,” Fried said of the suspension. said in. Statement to the Select Committee of the US House of Representatives to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol in late July 2021.
A permit is not required to own a gun in Florida, but a license is required for owners to carry a concealed firearm. State agencies are prohibited by law from maintaining lists of firearm owners, but they are allowed to maintain records on covert carry permits.
According to the US Concealed Carry Association, as of January 2022, 2.3 million Floridians have concealed carry licenses.
The WFLA reports that Fried’s agency may immediately suspend a person’s concealed carry gun license when the licensee is charged with a felony or other disqualification. If the licensee is found guilty of the charge, the agency may revoke the permit holder’s concealed carry license.
Fried, 44, is the only Democratic statewide elected official in Florida. She is running to become governor of Florida in the November 2022 elections.
Concealment is permitted in Florida’s public businesses, restaurants, private vehicles, employee parking lots, as well as national and state parks.
Concealment is not permitted inside state schools, government buildings, hospitals, bars, polling places, airport terminals, some hotels, and any other location that prohibits firearms by the federal government.
On June 30, Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill allowing eavesdropping inside religious institutions.
As of January 5, 2020, 76 Floridians have been arrested in connection with the January 6 uprising. Florida is the largest US state with the most arrests on January 6, according to The George Washington University Program on Extremism.
It may seem strange that the state’s Department of Agriculture handles the state’s secret weapons permit program. Most states leave such operations to the state police or the courts.
However, in 2002, the National Rifle Association (NRA), a lobbying group of gun manufacturers, wrote a state law that moved the licensing division from the Florida State Department to the Department of Agriculture. The NRA wanted this so that the department was accountable to an elected official, Tampa Bay Times wrote.