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.

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