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Florida Ag Commissioner Fried Suspends Concealed-Carry Licenses Of More People Involved In Jan. 6 Riot, Dialing Up The Hyperbole And The Hypocrisy In The Process

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried once again didn’t wait for the verdicts to come in before she opted to take away her constituents’ gun rights.

Fried, the only Democrat in Florida elected statewide, and a challenger to GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended the concealed-carry permits of six Floridians who participated in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The move came three months after Fried similarly suspended the weapons permits for 22 other state residents who took part in what Fried and other liberals call an “insurrection.” In fact, Fried has gone further than many, characterizing the disturbance as “domestic terrorism.”

Under Florida law, Fried apparently has the authority to table such licenses if people have only been charged with a felony.

In a statement about the more recent suspensions, Fried said, “When we announced the initial 22 suspensions earlier this summer, we made it clear that this would be an ongoing effort and that additional suspensions and revocations would be issued as additional charges were filed and sentences rendered.”

“Since that time, FDACS [the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services] has suspended six additional licenses of individuals related to the insurrection, and should further charges and sentences come down, we will enact further suspensions and revocations of licenses issued by our department as required by Florida statute.”   

“The individuals involved must be held accountable for their treasonous actions,” Fried continued.

“While Florida has the shameful distinction of being home to the largest proportion of individuals charged in relation to the insurrection, our department has been using its lawful authority and carrying out its legal duty to suspend the licenses of anyone charged with disqualifying offenses.”

Fried is notoriously anti-gun. And this move is laced with irony.

For one thing, Fried offered no such condemnation for rioters and looters who terrorized many major U.S. cities last year. And back in April, when DeSantis signed Florida’s new “anti-rioting” bill, Fried likened that to the work of “communist regimes.”

Meanwhile, as she calls this an “insurrection,” the most common charges against the rioters include trespassing, disorderly conduct, and obstructing an official proceeding.

And although she stripped these 28 Floridians of the right to legally defend themselves with concealed weapons, almost none of the protesters involved in the Jan. 6 unrest was armed with guns, whether or not they were from Florida.

Conservative columnist Byron York noted this week that the Justice Department has tracked charges against 670 people from Jan. 6. Of those, 82, or about 12 percent, face “weapons-related” charges.

But among that subset, only five were arrested on a charge of illegally possessing a gun – and “none are charged with using them during the riot,” York added. 

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