Nikki Fried, Florida's newly-elected Democrat commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, speaks at a reception during the Florida Democratic Party state conference, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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By Lee Williams

In a one-of-a-kind system unknown in other states, Florida’s wildly popular Concealed Weapon or Firearm Licensing program is overseen by the state’s Commissioner of Agriculture, in this case Nikki Fried.

Florida’s licensing division, which to date has issued more than 2.4 million CWFLs, is subordinate to Fried’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. State lawmakers once flirted with the idea of taking the CWFL program away from Fried and transferring responsibility for the concealed-carry licenses to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, but, ultimately, the change was never made.

Fried is the only Democrat to hold statewide office in the Gunshine State, where last week Republican voters finally outnumbered registered Democrats. She is also the only state official known to possess both a CWFL and a Florida Medical Marijuana Card, regardless of the federal legal problems this creates when she purchases a firearm.

Now Fried is using her access to confidential gun owner data that her position affords in her campaign for governor against incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis. Fried has shrugged off scrutiny about her actions as well as any attempts to gain clarity and accountability.

On July 27, at approximately 1:07 p.m., Fried tweeted: “I just suspended the concealed weapons permits of 22 people involved in the insurrection against the United States of America instigated by Donald Trump on January 6, 2021.”

Anti-gunners lauded her decision and her tweet.

“Thank you for being a real American. Those folks do not need to carry weapons,” one replied.

Gun owners saw it differently.

“So, you’ve stripped them of a constitutional right before they’ve even been convicted? I can’t wait until DeSantis destroys you because someone who abuses their position for political reasons should be in jail,” one replied.

State law allows Fried to suspend the CWFLs of licensees who are charged with certain crimes — usually felonies or misdemeanors involving domestic violence, which would prohibit someone from purchasing a firearm — until the final disposition of their cases. However, not every crime qualifies. Several of the Jan. 6 attendees were charged with misdemeanors that would not prohibit a firearm purchase.

Fried’s 22 suspensions raised the question of whether she was taking legal action as the state official in charge of the CWFL program, or whether she was simply grandstanding as part of her gubernatorial campaign.

Jacksonville attorney Eric Friday is general counsel for Florida Carry, Inc., a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental civil right of all Floridians to keep and bear arms for self-defense as guaranteed by the Second Amendment and Article I Section 8 of the Florida Constitution.

At the direction of the Florida Carry board of directors, on July 28, Friday sent Fried’s office a public records request, seeking . . .

1. All notices of suspension of license or notice of intent to suspend, or any other communication sent to the 22 individuals by Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried, or the Department of Agriculture, Division of Licensing as set forth in the Tweet by Commissioner Fried; 2. All charging documents or other information relied upon to suspend the 22 licensees identified in Commissioner Fried’s Tweet; 3. All information received from any law enforcement agency, a court, or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement regarding the 22 licensees and the arrests or charges which form the basis for the suspension of the license; and 4. Any subsequent written verification regarding the 22 licensees received by the Department of Agriculture from any law enforcement agency, a court, or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

To be clear, Friday did not ask for the names or other identifying information of the 22 licensees whose CWFLs were suspended. “Because the individually identifying information such as name and address of the 22 licensees is protected from disclosure by law, this information may be redacted from any documents responsive to this request,” his request stated.

Fried ignored the public records request, which is a violation of state law.

Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Last month, Fried announced she suspended the CWFLs of six more Jan. 6 attendees, whom she called “domestic terrorists” and “traitors.”

“Today I’m announcing the suspension of six licenses of domestic terrorists who participated in the January 6 insurrection attempt against the United States,” she said in an Oct. 19 tweet. “That brings our total to 28 suspensions. As more charges are filed, we will continue to hold these traitors accountable.”

In a written statement, Fried said . . .

The storming of the Capitol on January 6th where we witnessed acts of violence and domestic terrorism intended to undermine our democratic institutions shook our nation to its core – and its impact continues to be felt every day. The individuals involved must be held accountable for their treasonous actions. 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. 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 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.

Two day later, Fried’s department officially acknowledged that they received Friday’s public records request, which was sent approximately three months prior.

Dear Requester,

Thank you for contacting the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (the department). Please consider this response as acknowledgement of the department’s receipt of your public records request. … You are encouraged to frequently check the GovQA portal for updates, clarification requests or cost estimates (if applicable). To search for updates to your submitted request, click on the “My Request Center” link and then click “Search by Reference Number”.


Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Public Records
407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800

Fried did not return calls, emails, or messages left with her staff seeking comment for this story. To date, her department has not supplied any of the documents sought in Florida Carry’s public records request.

In an email sent Tuesday in response to a request to interview Fried, Erin M. Moffet, Fried’s Director of Strategic Communications & Federal Affairs, wrote:

It is the Department’s position that providing the specific license types would lead to the disclosure of personally identifying information, which is required to remain confidential. Pursuant to Section 790.0601, Florida Statutes, FDACS can neither confirm nor deny whether an individual has ever applied for or received a concealed weapon or firearm license, as this information is exempt from disclosure as a public record.

Moffett never addressed the intent of the original email, the request to interview Fried.

Sean Caranna is Florida Carry’s executive director and co-founder. Said Caranna . . .

The reason that the licensing program was transferred to the Department of Agriculture years ago was to make sure that there would be an elected official who could be held responsible by the voters for abusing, misusing and failing to properly administer Florida’s first-of-its-kind shall-issue licensing program. Nikki Fried has just provided an important example of why that decision is still well-founded. She has mismanaged the program, infringed upon the people’s right to keep and bear arms, denied licenses without providing proof or evidence that people are disqualified, and now she uses secret information that is supposed to be confidential for her own political gains.


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  1. “Nikki Fried is Using Confidential Florida Gun Owner Data in Her Campaign Against Governor Ron DeSantis”

    and she’s not the only one. be ready to get “swatted”.

  2. “Fried’s 22 suspensions raised the question of whether she was taking legal action as the state official in charge of the CWFL program, or whether she was simply grandstanding as part of her gubernatorial campaign”

    she makes no distinction.

  3. If DeSantis Died of a heart attack and got run over by a train a week before the election Nikki Fried still could not beat him… She will continue to use every shady trick she can think of but even the DNC is staying out of this one… Only good thing in this is she can’t run for Agriculture Commissioner AND Governor… Send her back to the farm where she belongs…

    • she needs to be sent to jail for having a concealed carry permit and a Florida Medical Marijuana Card at the same time because everybody was told if they got a card they would louse their concealed carry permit she should be treated like every body else

      • A week before being sworn in as Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner, Nikki Fried, appeared on The Marijuana Solution’s podcast. In the interview Commissioner Fried stated that under Florida Law a person with a Medical Marijuana card could apply for and receive a Concealed Weapons and Firearms License

  4. quote————On July 27, at approximately 1:07 p.m., Fried tweeted: “I just suspended the concealed weapons permits of 22 people involved in the insurrection against the United States of America instigated by Donald Trump on January 6, 2021.”———–quote

    Three cheers for Fried as no one who has tried to overthrow the government should be permitted to legally own any firearms. They are far more of a threat to the country than any foreign nation is. As Pres. Lincoln once said “America will never be conquered from without but will destroyed from within” and that is exactly what the Trumpite Nazi’s tried to do.

    And let us hope Governor De-insane-tus who murdered thousands of Floridians with his anti-mask and anti-vax campaign be kicked out of office and sent to prison for murder and spreading false information about the covid vaccines and false information about the seriousness of the pandemic.

    • “Lincoln once said ‘America will never be conquered from without but will destroyed from within’ and that is exactly what the Trumpite Nazi’s tried to do.”

      but the leftist boolsheviks are succeeding, while intoning “it’s all trump’s fault!” so nobody looks at them. “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency first by inflation then by deflation the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered.” thomas jefferson

      (remember when it was all bush’s fault? when it was all reagan’s fault? I’m old enough to remember when it was all nixon’s fault.)

    • Oh. CDclan again.


      I don’t know what news’ sources you’ve been feasting on but they are nowhere ner represengint reality.

      Trump did NOT “instigate” that incident, which had starated twenty minutes prior to his speech ending, and it is a mile and half from where he was to where the Capitol buidling still is, mosst folks heading to the Captiol on the double quick took an hour or more. Well AFTEr the thing at the Capitol had strted.

      Yoi’ve been drinking the takeover kool ade for far too long.

    • darcy dodo…Anyone? That would be b.h. obama’s mentor and long time close pal, coworker and mentor the communist “kill your parents” lily white weather underground bill ayers. You know buttwipe…b.h. obama another one of the worthless self serving democRats you voted for along with the Rat who is currently stinking up the Whitehouse and America.

      Once again you snot nosed politically inept history illiterate…you forgot to do your homework.

      • “That would be b.h. obama’s mentor and long time close pal, coworker and mentor the communist “kill your parents” lily white weather underground bill ayers”


    • Lil d is now heading to Florida to personally interrogate and then execute the traitors to the people.

      Once he can unlock the door to the basement.

    • Never let any of the comments from the leftists disappear. Keep all the screen grabs because when the day comes and they find themselves on the wrong side of the table, collectively we can at least confidently state: See this right here? We’re just following your lead.

      • No matter who wins leftists will find themselves on the wrong side if the table. Some of their comrades will decide they are a political rival and will denounce them.

        The left eats it’s own in time.

    • Were these people tried in Court and convicted? That is called due process.

      If they weren’t given due process then thier civil rights were violated.

      If you support violating civil rights your part if the problem.

      • to Paratripper

        Do not insult us. When Nazi thugs break into the Capital that is not exercising your civil rights. Or when they injure 100 cops and they get 5 people killed or try and murder Congress people that is not exercising your civil rights. They will get their day in court, all of them.

        • Hey, dacian the dim, are they allowed the presumption of “innocent until proven guilty”, or the right to a fair trial, or the right to bail (which has been denied to them), PRIOR to a conviction of all these crimes you accuse them of????


          Spoken like a true authoritarian/fascist/Leftist. Scratch a “Progressive”, find a fascist. Although, in this case, a really STUPID fascist.

        • Oh, and dacian the dim? There was only ONE person “killed” during the so-called “insurrection”, and she was an unarmed woman. Try not to make your lies so transparent – that whole “policeman bludgeoned to death with a fire extinguisher” bullpie sure blew up in your lying faces, dinnit???

          Oh, and I’m trying to square the circle of your “ACAB” rhetorice with your continued apparent belief that the Capitol police are somethow heros for their brave “defense” of the Capitol. Sort that s*** out; you sound like an incoherent idiot. Oh, sorry – I didn’t realize you didn’t KNOW you are an incoherent idiot. My bad.

        • And your progressive thugs in the name of reparations and social(ist) justice looted and burned their way through many areas. And all with open approval of your political masters. “Give them room to destroy”. Let’s not forget the murders too.

        • Those who had thier permits revoked did not have thier day in court. Until they are proven guilty of a crime the punishment is a violation of civil rights.

          You know it to be true. You are insulting yourself.

    • I suppose you are “forgetting” that from midsummer 2015 until late 2020, many high ranking officials in he U.S. government including Barack Osama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and members of IRS, FBI, and several other agencies were near-constantly interfering in a presidential and then attempting an active overthrow of a duly elected administration, FOR FIVE YEARS as opposed to one day, right? Even if you remembered that, of course, that would be “different”, right? There is no need for a two bit apparatchik from Florida to revoke their assorted licenses, huh? Did you attend graduate courses in any particular university, in order to become that stupid, or are you just a natural?

  5. This ain’t nothing. California just enacted a law that allows “researchers” access to the entire CCW database, including names and addresses, for the purpose of “gun violence research.” (There is no valid research objective served by personal identifier information as far as I can tell.) I wonder how long it will be before some “smart” reporter files a request for access to the records and publishes that data.

    • oh they’ll never publish it. never let the enemy know how many of them there are, always tell them that they’re alone and isolated and fascist naazis and should hide in shame.

      “gun violence research”

      anti-gun violence research. be ready to be swatted.

    • Such information is more likely to be sold to criminals. The entire NSW Police Firearms Registry database was leaked to criminals which resulted in dealers and collectors being robbed.

      Access to the database was supposed to be restricted in an access logged system. A deputy commissioner authorized a copy in MS Acess format using MS Office security to be made available on the police intranet.

      MS Office security is so weak I can remove it in 5 minutes or less including the time to download the free tool.

  6. Another democRat blowbag trying to dupe useful idiots into believing she’s some sort of a on point red, white and blue patriot when she’s nothing more than another self serving pos who belongs to the party of slavery, segregation, the KKK, Jim Crow, lynching, Eugenics, Gun Control and other race based atrocities.

    Worthless democRat Party sneaks like her never quit pointing fingers and passing blame in a effort to whitewash their despicable party history. Frankly she should stfu not open open her piehole again until the democRat holds her democRat Party liable for past due Monetary Reparations.

    Maybe DeSantis will ask her to do just that in a debate.

    • Trump practiced terrorism on refugees applying for asylum by deliberately stealing the children of refugees much the same as the Nazi’s did in their concentration camps in WWII, Trump ran a from of a modern-day concentration camp.

      Trump ended up INCREASING the trade deficit with China with his idiotic trade war. If the Moron had enlisted the help of our European Allies he might have pulled it off. Many of our small family farms also went out of business and many of the Lobster Fisherman went bankrupt.

      Trump caused American businessmen millions by refusing to sign on to The ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) is a trade bloc agreement by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations supporting local trade and manufacturing in all ASEAN countries, and facilitating economic integration with regional and international allies. … AFTA now comprises the ten countries of ASEAN.

      Trump’s trade war with China increased Global warming because China then went to Brazil for foodstuffs and for Brazil to meet the demand they increased global warming by cutting down the rainforest to make more farmland which only lasts 2 years because of the poor jungle soil.

      Trump withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord so the U.S. could continue to pump billions of tons of pollution into the air. Trump did away with Obama’s climate protection orders which poisoned our water and air and led to more cancer deaths in the U.S.

      Trump promoted more coal and oil usage instead of going on board with the “New Green deal” so tons more pollution were poured into the air and water.

      Trump lost the support of our WWII Allies and Britain stop sharing intelligence information with us and Britain has one of the greatest spy networks in the world.

      Trump border wall was a farce. He only repaired a small section of the existing wall and due to the meandering Rio Grande River it is impossible to put up a border wall especially clear across the U.S. It would cost trillions.

      Trump cut off Muslim immigration and all foreign immigration to the lowest level in the counties history but the Moron did not realize it is immigrants who make a country great. Example: The son of a Syrian immigrant invented the cell phone which brought billions of profit to the U.S. yet Racist Trump banned all Syrian immigration to the U.S

      Trump lied about the election being a fraud as Republica overseers were at every voting place and watched the proceedings like hawks.

      Trump took away many voting places in poor districts to implement voter suppression as well as pulling out many mail sorting machines to slow down the mail which created a catastrophe with the U.S. mail and now many seniors are having trouble getting their life saving medications.

      Trump did nothing to lower drug prices and actually increased the number of people who cannot afford a Health Care Plan by weakening the National Health Care Plan and he threw 30 million Americans off its rolls. 150,000 people died last year because of it. Trump and Mitch Mcconnell took thousands in bribes from the crooks in the drug and insurance industries to keep prices high and bankrupt the people.

      Trump because of his rabid racism did nothing about the Daca children who have been here since they were toddlers.

      Trump did nothing about the Covid19 crisis and actually tried to hide it from the American people when he first learned about it and how deadly it was and would be to the American people because he wanted to be reelected and not hurt the stock market.

      Trump passed a tax rape bill that ran up the deficit by 2 trillion dollars and let corporation like Amazon make 2 billion in profit and pay no taxes and not give their workers a livable wage or health benefits or even holidays off.

      Trump was against Universal Background Checks which would have prevented thousands of people from buying second hand guns who were crooks and nut cases.

      Trump was against safe storage laws which would prevent on average 1,300 children being killed with loaded guns laying around the house.

      Trump did not make low cost loans available or Federal educational grants available for students wanting to go to college and not go bankrupt for the rest of their lives.

      Trump did nothing to increase teachers’ salaries as they are one of the lowest paid professions in the U.S. and as a consequence our best and brightest have abandoned the teaching profession resulting in a lowering of our teaching standards.

      Trump did not follow through on infrastructure repair and our roads and bridges continue to be a hazard to the American people. The Gangster Criminal Republicans said that it would cost too much money and that people are expendable.

      Trump rose to power by playing the race card and pitting citizens against not only “legal immigrants” but pitted them against their fellow Americans. He let the Racist Nazi’s out of their sewers of hate and racism became “cool again” with racist Nazi’s openly marching at Charlottesville and Trump called them “nice people”. The racist Nazi’s openly gave him their stiff-armed salute.

      Trump did rescind Obama’s plans for Police Reform which gave bad cops “open season” on black people and the George Floyd murder took place in broad daylight within site of an entire crowd of people begging the Murderous Thug Nazi Cop to stop the murder while he glared and sneered back at them

      Trump tried to take over the Government by force when he lost the election and tried to get the election commission to declare

      the election corrupt.

      • There is is so much wrong with that rambling moronic compilation of bullshit that it does not even deserve a rational response. Just call it the “joke of the day” much like its author and move on. Vladacian you really are in need of professional help… No I did not (make that COULD not) read all of that garbage but I did scan it and I’m happy to see that you are still adhering to the Braindead rule of choosing YOUR truth over actual facts…

        • Little d has to earn enough from the Soros crew forum spam for the weekend’s entertainment. $x/word. Quality or logic doesn’t matter.

        • neiowa,

          “quality” and “logic” are foreign concepts to dacian the demented. He is an expert, however, at intellectual inconsistency and ‘missing the point’.

  7. somebody oughtta report her maryjane care plus gun card to the Feds who REALLY don’t like that combination.

    But then, she’s “speshull” ain’t she?

  8. Laws, laws, silly writer, she is a Demonrat, they don’t have to follow laws! Laws are to bludgeon other people with a different opinion than hers. She takes her direction from the Thief in Chief in the White House!

    • They don’t follow or enforce the law.

      They make the law because they think they are the law. Just like the good little apparatchiks they are.

  9. Those stripped of licences for legit 1st Amendment protests need to hire Lin Wood and Sue the bitch for defamation.

  10. Considering the way the State of Florida seems to operate I doubt her actual goal is to unseat DeSantis, which I’m sure she knows is extremely unlikely.

    The race is an opportunity to virtue signal as part of creating a stepping stone to something else. Probably a highly paid consulting gig with an anti-gun group (which IIRC, was Chipman’s bag for a while) or a jump to national level politics in another state where this behavior adds to her creds.

    As for the potentially illegal nature of her actions, is anyone actually surprised considering recent goings-on?

    It’s unlikely she ever is called out legally for it and at this point it’s pretty obvious that the Left’s game is to push as far as possible as quickly as possible across a number of fronts and then dare the R’s to undo the damage (which they won’t) because a bunch of this stuff, across a host of fronts, simply won’t be rolled back in the future, or if it is, will be rolled back half-way at best, meaning they got 50% (or better) of what they wanted made permanent and will come back for another bite at the apple.

    All that’s happening against the backdrop of the current administration telling people to openly break the law on at least two fronts regardless of what court orders may come out of a federal courthouse. The fact that they tend to get away with this behavior with zero repercussions means they’ll keep doing it.

    Welcome to the banana republic USA, just be aware we don’t actually grow many bananas due to geography.

    • I was at the Allentown farmer’s market recently. Originally, it was for farmers selling locally grown / raised produce and meats. One of the stands had pineapples. I asked the clerk if they were locally grown. He said, and I quote, “I don’t know. But William isn’t here right now, but I can check with him when he gets back. Do you want to come back later?”

      I replied that I thought pineapples only grew in tropical climates, but he should check with his boss because I might be wrong. I had meant the question as a joke and was not prepared for him to take it seriously.

      Who knows? His soul may be far holy-er than mine (and I ain’t that confident in mine), but clearly his education was lacking.

      Freedom dies when ignorance prevails.

      • Allentown PA up there in the Lehigh Valley, balls deep in anthracite coal country?

        If so, I’m hardly shocked. My mom’s whole family is from (or still in, particularly if you count being buried there) Lehighton and Nesquehoning.

        It’s a slightly warmer version of the area I grew up in.

    • “All that’s happening against the backdrop of the current administration telling people to openly break the law on at least two fronts regardless of what court orders may come out of a federal courthouse.”

      OK, the southern border, or something else?

      • That’s one, the other is that the Biden Administration has openly told all businesses within the 5th Circuit to ignore the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals stay on the implementation of vaccine mandates for private businesses with more than 100 employees.

        Which, as a sidebar, brings up the question of why the Administration is bothering to defend the OSHA rule in court in the first place since, according to the White House, the court’s don’t matter (unless they’re backing the WH’s position, apparently).

        There are other, previous examples.

        The previous one that comes to my mind first would be when he ignored the SCOTUS ruling that found the CDC didn’t have the authority to have implemented the eviction moratorium, complete with massive fines for landlords that didn’t comply. The icing on the cake was Biden openly admitting that it was probably illegal but that it gave them time to “get the money out the door”.

  11. Her election was part of the dry run of election fraud 2 years before Biden ran. She will be decimated in the Governors race in 2022. DeSantis tightened up election laws after he was elected by a narrow margin, a near victim of the fraud, and 2 years later when Trump won results radically changed.

  12. This Floridian is changing his political status from independent to Republican.
    Fried is just another example of what happens when you elect a Democrat.

  13. Screw the state of Florida’s wildly popular” permitting system, and all permitting systems. I strongly prefer the State of Alaska’s concealed carry permitting system:

    “Huh? Permit? Why the hell would you need a permit for something that’s a fundamental right..?”

    Oh, and screw every Texan who thinks their state is some sort of gun rights mecca. It ain’t.

    //why yes, I am grumpy tonight

  14. Complaining about a Florida politician abusing elected office while supporting Trump is like one pot calling another pot a pot.

    • Complaining about a Florida politician abusing elected office while supporting Trump is like one pot calling another pot a pot.

      Complaining about ANY politician abusing elected office while supporting Trump is like one pot calling another pot a pot.

      (that was easy to fix)

  15. It was so nice to have a week or two go by without hearing anything from the site troll, or seeing all that lazy cutting and pasting.
    But alas, the Chinese government pays the fiddler, so he must dance.

  16. Don’t VOTE for her! . . . She’s ANOTHER Democrat with her HEAD SHOVED UP her WAZOO. One Enlightened Patriot. Team Trump And His Allies 2020 – MAGA (WE’RE NOT going away!

  17. You missed the big thing about Fried: She got to Ag Commissioner due to fraud. She won by a handful of votes that only went through because Rick Scott refused to do anything about corrupt elections in Broward till it threatened him personally.

  18. Why “Nikki” can NEVER hope to beat DeSantis…

    Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis threatened this week to bus illegal immigrants to President Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware should the administration continue to pay for “clandestine” flights carrying migrants into the Sunshine State. “If they’re going to come here, you know, we’ll provide buses and … I will send them to Delaware …


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