Nikki Fried suspends concealed carry permits of Jan. 6 insurrectionists

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The lone Democrat on Florida's Cabinet oversees licensing.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Tuesday suspended concealed carry weapons permits for Floridians arrested for involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

She announced the action as officers for the Capitol Police testified to a select House committee on the insurrection.

“The deeply disturbing events that occurred at our nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6 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 said.

“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.”

The Division of Licensing falls under the jurisdiction of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. That means Fried, the lone Democrat on the Florida Cabinet, holds authority over the suspension of concealed carry permits.

State law allows suspension of licenses for individuals charged with felonies and other disqualifying offenses. Notably, charges have not been announced for many of the individuals arrested in connection to the riot.

A significant concentration of individuals arrested for involvement in the Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol come from Florida. A Gannett investigation last month found Florida ties Texas for the number of people facing charges, and arrests have occurred since those findings were published.

While Fried’s office by law cannot identify which individuals arrested have ever applied for or received a concealed carry permit, several of the individuals arrested were outspoken gun rights advocates.

Fried also has a history of friction with gun rights groups in the state of Florida. The Agriculture Commissioner earlier this year filed a brief in support of a challenge to a state law preempting local gun regulations. That drew a rebuke from the National Rifle Association.

Fried is one of the leading Democratic candidates for Governor.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Krythic

    July 27, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    You mean protest, not riot. What Democrats did all across the country was riots, which resulted in over 40 deaths, including police officers shot dead in their cars and millions of dollars worth of arson. You can still find videos of black people quite literally beating random white people in the streets. Jan 6th was just people walking in and around the capitol, with negligible property damage, and one guard shooting and killing a woman who did nothing. You guys really need to stop trying to rewrite and manipulate events with all this word-play degeneracy. Say it with me now, “Mostly Peaceful Protest at the Capitol”. Ringing any bells, you Communists?

    People see through your lies, which is why we saw a record number of votes being cast for Republicans. The Democrat party is dying, and you have this overtly Orwellian manipulation to blame for it.

    One, more time for the people in the back: “Unlike the George Flyod Riots, Jan 6th was a protest comprised of patriots and people who cared deeply for this country, and voiced their grievances over an obviously cheated election”.

    That’s it. Have fun licking your wounds.

    (Drops mic)

    • Phil Morton

      July 27, 2021 at 3:13 pm

      Sedition, treason, domestic terrorism, insurrection. No, I think she got that all correct.

      • Krythic

        July 27, 2021 at 3:43 pm

        Wow, then what were the george floyd rioters if that’s your beginning metric for literal non-violence. George floyd riots were freaking apocalyptic then, right?

        Do you want to know why you just lost? Because you’re attempting to defend a lie. You don’t protect a lie with the truth, you protect it with more lies.

      • tim ferrell

        July 27, 2021 at 6:31 pm

        Really? Who faces those charges in court right now who was at the capitol on Jan 6? I will wait….

      • Fred Grant

        July 27, 2021 at 6:53 pm

        No you libs are the greatest terrorist threat to America.

      • Krythic

        July 27, 2021 at 7:03 pm

        And of course you won’t even respond back. Typical hit and run Democrat.

      • Joe Kinehoff

        July 27, 2021 at 7:13 pm

        I think when you see actual insurrection, Phil, you’ll know it and realize how stupid this comment is.

      • OldParatrooper

        July 27, 2021 at 11:01 pm

        Except that none of the charges were for sedition, treason or domestic terrorism.

      • marty johnson

        July 28, 2021 at 7:27 am

        Hey genius. You know something that the prosecutors don’t? NOBODY has been, uh, you know, actually charged with “Sedition, treason, domestic terrorism, insurrection.” Maybe you have been drinking too much “The Squad” blue kool-aid.

      • Bandit

        July 28, 2021 at 5:23 pm

        Sorry bedwetter – protesting at the Capital – the only one killed during the protest killed by a Capital police murderer.

      • Renee R

        July 29, 2021 at 5:03 pm

        You cannot legally remove gun permits from anyone who haven’t even been charged with anything. You didn’t read the article. How would YOU like it if someone came along and took away your gun permit when you hadn’t been charged with anything. STOP thinking about politics and start thinking “Had it been it me”

    • Chuck

      July 28, 2021 at 9:39 am

      “Walking in and around the capitol”????
      “Shooting and killing a woman who did nothing”????
      You’re just as bad as those dems who called the riots “peaceful protests”. Open your eyes, man! Look at what those cultists did! There is video of police officers being beaten. So much for the “Blue Lives Matter” movement, huh?
      Hodges read the definition of terrorism. Before that, I didn’t think what happened on Jan.6 was actually terrorism, but apparently it is. And, so were a lot of those riots that kept happening last year.
      I know you’re one of those, “But what about” type of arguers, but this time, it doesn’t work. It was ALL wrong and it’s ALL similar. Unfortunately, right now, this is about the cultists who stormed out capitol and tried to stop our democratic process through intimidation. Like it or not, bud. That’s terrorism and those morons get what they deserve.

      • Renee R

        July 29, 2021 at 5:05 pm

        No. Shooting an unarmed woman.

    • jb

      July 28, 2021 at 9:50 am

      You are quite simply delusional. I can only assume you watch fox and nothing else.

    • Robert

      July 28, 2021 at 10:40 am

      No, they mean criminal charges as the story clearly stated. Their political leaning is irrelevant. Conceal and carry is for law abiding people only., not criminals It’s a very simple concept.

    • Proud Retired LEO

      July 29, 2021 at 4:30 am

      You’re living in an alternate reality inhabited by insurrectionist seditionists who advocate the violent overthrow of the government. The Capitol riot was anything but a mostly peaceful protest, as evidenced by the testimony of the police officers at the hearings yesterday. Your post is classic Republican denial of facts and “what about” rhetoric.

    • Raydlog

      July 31, 2021 at 12:07 pm

      NO, Jan.6 was a riot made of of degenerate, brainwashed idiots that would follow lying Trump off a cliff. Quit lying. You have seen the video. They don’t give a flip about the US. They are white supremacist, racist bags of crap. Wake up Krythic, Trump milked the taxpayers, gave a huge raise to the wealthy (who I doubt are a part of) and broke the law on a daily basis. People like you are dangerous, and want an authoritarian leader. MOVE AWAY!

    • Alana

      August 3, 2021 at 9:14 am

      Totally agree. Not only that but this woman can NOT suspend their license unless they were formally charged with something. Most of these people WERE NOT CHARGED and even if they were they have not been found guilty of anything yet. She is messing with our constitution. She is trying to make a name for herself with leftist progressives. GOD HELP US ALL if she should win the governmental race in 2022. Remember how close we were to that disaster Gilliam!

  • Matthew Lusk

    July 27, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Over 7 months and prosecutors have not filed charges yet. That’s how you know it’s political abuse by democrat lawyers of the deep state. Wake up to the tyranny.

    • Krythic

      July 27, 2021 at 3:00 pm

      I can’t upvote, but just know this is an artificial +1.

    • Phil Morton

      July 27, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      591 people have been charged in the Capitol insurrection so far.

      • Krythic

        July 27, 2021 at 3:58 pm

        Don’t you mean alleged? Considering everyone in america is innocent until proven guilty? Oh wait, that’s right, Democrats abhor individual rights; no one is innocent until proven guilty anymore. Just admit it. You guys are Communists, now.

        • Michael Hoffmann

          July 27, 2021 at 10:25 pm


          As pointed out by fact-checking website Snopes, the only credible evidence of Seefried available indicates he is a Trump supporter. According to a charging document, the FBI said Seefried travelled from Delaware to Washington, D.C., that day to hear Trump speak at the rally before the Insurrection.

          As far as the voter registration listing, which “proves” the rioter is a registered Democrat, is concerned, not only does it come from an unofficial source, it also lists Seefried’s year of birth as 1986, and decades younger than Seefried, who is 51 years old, according to court records which list Seefried’s month and year of birth as March 1969.

          The available evidence strongly suggests that the voter records most likely belonged to a different Kevin Seefried from Delaware, one who favors Biden while the man in the viral photo acted in support of Trump and took part in an effort to overturn Biden’s legitimate victory.

          (Mr. K lives in the make-believe world of the Biggest Loser, DJT.)

          • Krythic

            July 28, 2021 at 2:09 pm

            I don’t care about President Trump, I care about not losing this country and our Bill of Rights to Communists. Honestly, I voted for Trump, but only because Biden is a threat to our Democratic Republic.

      • Grant'sGhost

        July 27, 2021 at 6:32 pm

        Actually your use of the word “insurrection” is factually incorrect – no one has been charged with sedition (or i guess insurrection). there have bene a lot of trespasses though. Granny taking the selfie is a threat to the republic but trying to burn down an ICE building, Federal court house, or a police station with people inside… crickets.

        • Grant'sGhost

          July 27, 2021 at 6:37 pm

          Lastly, this isn’t even the worst thing to happen at the capital. In 1954, Puerto Ricans shot up the capital wounding 5 congressman. Some left wingers bombed the senate in 1983 (fortunately no one died). there have been others if you care to look it up.

        • Krythic

          July 27, 2021 at 7:01 pm

          When Democrats riot, they’re let go without even a slap on the wrist. It’s how they defend their narrative. George Orwell fully enumerated the way they operate, too. Doublethink, Wrongthink, Newspeak. It’s all there. Democrats are allowed to kill, maim, burn, loot, whoever and whatever they want.The media will cover for them, and they know it. All it takes is changing the word “riot” to “protest”, much like every news article and even Wikipedia has done (and fervently protects edits on by the way)

          We’re living in the Darkest Days of America right now, and I truly fear that the only way out is Civil War. The left is not prepared for that. It would be a bloodbath, and they’ll have nothing left but shattered remnants of their racist and communist narrative in the history books. That time that our Democratic Republic almost fell to actual treason and insurrection at the hands of veiled communists.

          No one is above the law, unless they’re a Democrat.

          • Michael Hoffmann

            July 27, 2021 at 10:27 pm

            Sherman gave lie to your BS, Mr. K.

            Read some history.

      • Topo Gigio

        July 27, 2021 at 6:34 pm

        What have they been charged with, specifically.

      • David

        July 27, 2021 at 7:01 pm

        And what are they charged with, Phil? Be specific. Are they charged with “sedition, treason, domestic terrorism, insurrection?”

    • Ocean Joe

      July 27, 2021 at 3:36 pm

      Matt, CBS reports 543 people have been charged. One just got 8 mos. in jail. Grandma got probation. New conspiracy please. Or a diatribe attacking CBS will do.
      And Krythics, Jan 6 was still a riot, whether it was Blacks or Whites involved. In fact, it was the mother of all riots. Once again Whites put on a superior display of lawlessness.

      • Krythic

        July 27, 2021 at 4:02 pm

        Nope. Not even close. No fires were set. They didn’t kill anyone. It’s leagues below the profound and hyper abusive Democrat riots that took place for months. And this has nothing do with race; the fact that you’re bringing up race makes you a racist.

        Trust me, if Republicans and Conservatives were to riot, it would be the end of your Communist party. Period. You’d lose everything in less than 24 hours.

        Stop. Defending. A lie.

        • Tjb

          July 27, 2021 at 4:32 pm

          Check your facts when you state that no one was killed at the insurrection on Jan 6.

          • Krythic

            July 27, 2021 at 4:51 pm

            Basic reading comprehension. The protestors didn’t kill anyone. YOU guys killed protestors. This is the problem with Democrats. You guys seriously lack basic and elementary education skills. It’s no wonder you guys have scored lower than red states on federal mandated testing for over a decade now. That’s not made up, by the way, google it. It’s very true. California has one of the lowest IQ ratings in the country, and even freaking Alabama beats them.

            God, I shouldn’t even need to say any of this to you, but here we are! It’s so god damned embarrassing that I am required to think and rationalize for you.

          • Pepe Kek

            July 27, 2021 at 5:40 pm

            Only person killed was Trump supporter. Check your facts. And that’s was a peaceful protest. You are all a bunch of retarfa if you think that was a riot. Conservatives have never rioted. Like the comment above mentioned. You would know. You’ve been gaslit by the fake news propaganda machine AGAIN..Now put on your double masks and go get your vaccine booster shot.

        • Krythic

          July 27, 2021 at 6:53 pm

          Oh, wow, pushing and shoving, much violence, such riot.

          Seriously, Google George Floyd Riots now. That’s the literal quintessence of violence. Remember when a black person ran up and shot a police officer dead who was sitting in his car? Then another man recorded it, and laughed into the video before posting it to social media?

          Stop acting like petulant children, and realize that YOU are bad people. You’re defending this violence right now. You’re defending others lying to YOU and your family. YOU are defending the loss of your rights.

  • F. Williams

    July 27, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    Ironic, since Commissioner Fried is legally ineligible to maintain a concealed carry license, yet does so
    (18 USC 922 g, FSS 790.06(2)( n ), 790.06(10)(a)).

    But no media organization seems interested in that corruption.

  • Will C.

    July 27, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Interesting that Nikki is so concerned with taking away the concealed permits from these individuals, when she illegally has a concealed permit in Florida, issued by the department she heads. Commissioner Fried is legally ineligible to maintain a concealed carry license, yet does so
    (18 USC 922 g, FSS 790.06(2)( n ), 790.06(10)(a)).

    • Krythic

      July 27, 2021 at 4:27 pm

      “Rules for thee, but not for me!”—Quite actually the new Democrat motto. You know what it’s called when only the government is allowed to have guns? A Dictatorship.

      • Alastor

        July 28, 2021 at 7:03 am

        Krythic – I suspect that it’s time to become more specific – it’s not merely a Dictatorship, it’s more accurately a Democratictatorship …

  • Pepe Kek

    July 27, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    Krythic. Everything you’ve shared it true and factual. Unfortunately you’re probably going to be arrested for domestic terrorism now….

    • Krythic

      July 27, 2021 at 6:55 pm

      I live in a Red state, my dude. I’m good to go. But if they want to come, let them come. They better bring a small army, because they’d also be fighting all my neighbors simultaneously.

  • Cinforoso

    July 27, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Nikki Fried: guilty until proven innocent.

  • Michael Hoffmann

    July 27, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    So, Mr. K., where were you on Jan. 6? Were you, like Trump, AWOL?

    The four police officers who testified today were in the Capitol on that day and they described a mass assault.

    We already know that DJT — your Dear Leader — wanted desperately to stop the process for Presidential succession. This is subversion of law and order, that is, treason, since he took an oath to defend the Constitution that includes Presidential succession.

    Let us all know where you and your hooligan neighbors live, and we’ll stay away while you rot from COVID. Or, have you skulked around and got your vaccination on the down low like all the high mucky muck in the Trump camp?

  • ray ward

    July 27, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Sack the bitch.

    • CG

      July 28, 2021 at 12:13 pm

      Sexist, inappropriate, troll comment. Not particularly articulate.

  • Daniel

    July 28, 2021 at 6:19 am

    Being a Commissioner she should answer to the Chief Executive, Governor DeSantis. Why doesn’t the governor overrule her decision, at least until these arrestees are convicted of a crime?

  • Sam

    July 28, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Just FYI, anyone who doesn’t know the difference between a social justice riot and attacking the US capitol needs to go ahead and turn in their US citizenship as well as their gun permits. The sheer stupidity level of you people still astounds me somehow. This comment has nothing to do with Fried’s actions, just the stupid comments I saw.

  • Ron Hoffman

    July 28, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    FUNNY how not one illegal was found on any of the falsely arrested visitors to the capital protesting against Communist party SHEEP

    • Ron Hoffman

      July 28, 2021 at 4:19 pm

      Not one illegal gun !

      • CG

        July 28, 2021 at 6:22 pm

        FACT CHECK: Unlawful possession of a firearm I believe would be an illegal gun.
        “Christopher Alberts, of Maryland, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm on Capitol grounds or buildings, carrying a pistol without a license and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device. A Metro police officer said Alberts, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, had a “bulge” on his right hip that turned out to be a loaded handgun with a spare 12-round magazine.” Charged, not yet convicted. Perhaps Ron Hoffman will not consider this illegal unless there is a conviction.

  • Derringer Dan

    August 2, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Wait… It was a riot? Wait a sec!!!… When people were destroying cities and businesses… Those were “PEACFUL PROTEST”… ? I’m confused…. Strange times we live in!

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