Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services commissioner Nikki Fried could soon be facing a lawsuit over her decision to shut down online applications for concealed carry licenses. Young Americans for Liberty’s president Cliff Maloney sent a letter to Fried on Wednesday warning her that she could be sued over her decision, which Maloney calls arbitrary and capricious, according to the Washington Times.
“[W]hile you have selectively chosen to limit the manner in which applications to obtain a concealed weapons license may be submitted to the Department under the cover of the COVID-19 pandemic, you have not done the same across the board for all other online applications your Department accepts that require fingerprinting,” Mr. Maloney wrote in his letter on Wednesday. “It is arbitrary and capricious for you to allow Floridians on one hand to apply for a Hemp Cultivating License online during the COVID-19 pandemic, which requires fingerprints, but at the same time prohibit Floridians from applying for a concealed weapons license online.”
That may require a legislative fix, Fried has been criticized for her decision to suspend online applications for concealed carry licenses, which she says is necessary to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The commissioner claims that with her offices closed to the public, applicants will have to get fingerprinted somewhere else. There’s just one problem with that, as Florida Politics recently pointed out.