(*22*)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Hours after the first listening to investigating the US Capitol riot ended, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried stated she was suspending the concealed weapons permits of 22 Floridians concerned within the rebel.
“The deeply disturbing events that occurred at our nation’s Capitol on January 6th were sedition, treason, and domestic terrorism – and those individuals involved in the insurrection must be held accountable for attempting to subvert our democratic process,” Fried stated in a press release.
The Florida Department of Agriculture’s Division of Licensing administers the state’s concealed weapon licensing program.
Fried, Florida’s solely Democrat elected statewide, stated Tuesday the suspensions had been efficient instantly for anybody who participated within the Jan. 6 rebel who’s charged with a felony or sure different offenses.
“Since charges began being filed, we are using our lawful authority to immediately suspend the licenses of 22 individuals involved in the storming of the U.S. Capitol. This is an ongoing effort, and as charges and sentences continue in the wake of this despicable attack, we will further suspend and revoke any additional licenses granted to insurrectionists,” Fried stated.
Fried’s workplace stated it has the power to instantly droop a license if the licensee is charged with a felony or sure different disqualifying offenses. Once a judgment is rendered, if their sentence disqualifies the individual from carrying a concealed weapon, the state will then revoke their license.
Fried stated extra suspensions might come sooner or later. Public disclosure by her company of particular person concealed weapons permits is prohibited by regulation.
The transfer comes as a choose U.S. House committee started hearings into the Capitol riot with testimony from cops who confronted and battled the mob that was supporting then-President Donald Trump’s false claims of widespread election fraud in 2020.
Fried is looking for the Democratic nomination for Florida governor, together with former governor and present U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and others. The winner would face Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis within the 2022 election.
More than 500 individuals have been arrested for the reason that U.S. Capitol was violently breached six months in the past. Fifty-five of these arrested had been from Florida and roughly a dozen known as the Bay Area house.
The U.S. Capitol Police say the bulk of threats come from California and Florida and that’s why it’s opening two subject workplaces – one in Tampa and one in San Francisco.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.