Florida shuts down online concealed-weapon license app

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has shut down the online app for a Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License, (CWFL).

There’s no reason given for the unusual move, other than a brief note: “Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions, you will not be able to apply online for a Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License.”

Instead, applicants are told they can download the CWFL application and mail it to Fried’s department.

Now I’m certainly not an epidemiologist, but lately I’ve read enough about the coronavirus to understand it lives on the surfaces of things, like paper envelopes or paper CWFL applications.

I haven’t yet heard that the virus can be transmitted online so, to me, Fried’s thinking is a bit backwards.

I could understand — in an abundance of caution — cancelling paper CWFL applications to safeguard her employees, but certainly not the online app, right?

This makes no sense from an antivirus perspective.

However, it makes perfect sense from an anti-gun perspective.

In my humble opinion, Fried wants to slow down the CWFL application process because it’s one facet of her office she’s never supported. She is decidedly anti-gun.

Online apps are much faster than snail mail, and she knows this.

Shame on you, Commissioner Fried. Your actions and the reasons behind them are blatantly obvious.

I hope Gov. Ron DeSantis holds you accountable.

Fried’s office did not immediately return calls seeking comment for this column.

Clinking on the online portal for a Florida CWFL prompts this message:

We apologize for this inconvenience. Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions, you will not be able to apply online for a Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License.

This policy begins on Monday, March 23, 2020 and will continue until further notice.

You may download, complete, and mail a Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm license paper application.

Select the following link to download a Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License application:

Press to download a Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License application



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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. Donald E Fucik on

    We need to vote Fried out. this is BS. There si no problem with online CCW permits, no way to get corona from them unlike mailed in applications. At least we got her 15 year old picture off the gas pumps.

  2. I live in Texas and have taken and passed the concealed gun classes where we fire 50 times at the targets from various distances. The last time my permit expired I did not receive a notice that it was going to expire and just have not taken the time to sign up for another class. Last night I saw on the internet about the opportunity to get a permit on line. I took and passed the questions last night but for some reason I must have made some mistake when I was filling our the form to pay with my Discover card. They are going to contact me so I can correct my mistake, but this morning i have done some research as to whether or not this permit is acceptable in Texas or not. I have seen an article that said that Texas requires the in person class where we actually fire the weapon. If the On Line permit is not acceptable in Texas then I do not want to pay for the On Line permit. I must add that as I was growing up in East Texas My father and I did a lot of squirrel hunting. We always had a good squirrel dog. When our dog treed a squirrel my job was to go on the other side of the tree and shake some bushes or vines so the squirrel would move to the other side of the tree. on my 12th birthday my father bought me a rifle just like his a Remington Speedmaster that shoots nothing but 22 Shorts. He trained me very well about how to be safe with a weapon of any kind. I also was in the army and they also trained us very well about how handle to our weapon, By the way I am now retired, my Father has passed away but I still have the two Remington Speedmasters which were made in about 1940 and mine will be passed on to my son when I am no longer here. Although we no longer squirrel hunt for food.

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