Commissioner Nikki Fried Statement on Mass Shooting in Downtown Orlando

Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried , an independently-elected member of the Florida Cabinet, issued the following statement in response to the news of a mass shooting in downtown Orlando last night that injured seven people: “My heart goes out to the Orlando community after last night’s mass shooting. The people of Orlando and of our state have been traumatized by gun violence and mass shootings for far too long. When will Republicans finally stand up and say that enough is enough? Our state needs to pass comprehensive gun safety measures so our communities no longer have to live in fear and terror. “I’m a gun owner, and I know I’m not the only one who thinks there are reasonable steps we can take that don’t infringe on Second Amendment rights – like expanding background checks and red-flag laws, closing loopholes, requiring background checks for ammunition purchases, banning large capacity magazines, and keeping assault weapons off our streets. Taking steps to stop terrorism in our communities should not be controversial.” Commissioner Fried has been outspoken on the need for increased safety measures and policies to prevent gun violence. She has repeatedly called for a special session of the Florida Legislature to address gun violence and is a part of a lawsuit challenging Florida’s gun preemption law, which threatens harsh financial and personal penalties for local officials and governments that enact common-sense gun safety measures. Last week, Commissioner Fried introduced a new gun safety […]

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