VIDEO: Commissioner Nikki Fried presents new FDACS firearms safety initiative / Press releases 2022 / Press releases / News and events / Home

Tallahassee, Florida. – Today, Commissioner of agriculture and consumer services Nikki Friedan independently elected member of the Florida Cabinet, introduced a new gun safety initiative by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), which administers Florida’s concealed weapons licensing program and oversees Florida’s private investigation, private security and recovery services industries. Deputy Commissioner Friedmanagement, the FDACS will now include a prospectus[ ] on home firearms safety with every concealed weapons permit issued. The pamphlets will also be available at FDACS Licensing Division offices and from tax collectors. Commissioner Fried rolled out the initiative today in a virtual meeting press conference with State Rep. Dan Daley, a gun safety advocate, and Pam Weisbrod of the Be SMART campaignwhich aims to raise awareness of the role of safe storage of firearms in protecting the lives of children.

“This new initiative includes common sense, non-partisan steps we can all take to prevent gun violence and accidental firearm injuries and deaths. As a gun owner myself, I know what a responsibility it is to carry a gun – and I know how important it is to take simple steps to keep me and my life safe. people around me, Commissioner Fried said. “The truth is that every step we take to increase security and prevent gun violence – big or small – could save a life.”

The prospectus[ ] emphasizes the key elements of safe gun ownership: ensuring every gun has a safety feature, storing ammunition separately from firearms, modeling responsible behavior around firearms, ask if firearms are safely stored in homes your children visit, make sure firearms are always pointed in a safe direction, and treat all guns as if they were loaded.

Commissioner Fried was candid about the need to strengthen security 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 part of a lawsuit challenging Florida’s gun preemption law, which threatens steep financial and for local officials and governments that adopt common sense gun safety measures.

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