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Florida suspends concealed carry permits for 22 charged in U.S. Capitol breach

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said the suspensions were effective immediately for anyone participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection who is charged with a felony or certain other offenses.
In this June 4, 2019, file photo, Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried speaks during a meeting of the Florida cabinet, in Tallahassee. Fried announced Tuesday her office has suspended concealed carry weapons permits for 22 people involved in the U.S. Capitol breach.
In this June 4, 2019, file photo, Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried speaks during a meeting of the Florida cabinet, in Tallahassee. Fried announced Tuesday her office has suspended concealed carry weapons permits for 22 people involved in the U.S. Capitol breach. [ STEVE CANNON | AP ]
Published Jul. 27
Updated Jul. 27

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s only Democrat elected statewide has suspended concealed carry weapons permits for 22 people involved in the U.S. Capitol breach.

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Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, whose office oversees the permits, said Tuesday the suspensions were effective immediately for anyone participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection who is charged with a felony or certain other offenses.

Fried said more suspensions could come in the future. Public disclosure by her agency of individual concealed weapons permits is prohibited by law.

“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 said in a news release.

The move comes as a select U.S. House committee began hearings into the Capitol riot with testimony from police officers who confronted and battled the mob that was supporting then-President Donald Trump’s false claims of widespread election fraud in 2020.

Related: ‘This is how I’m going to die’: US Capitol officers tell Jan. 6 stories

Fried is seeking the Democratic nomination for Florida governor,

along with former governor and current U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and others. The winner would face Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in the 2022 election.