Nikki Fried Affirms she Wants an Assault Weapons ban in Florida

Nikki Fried Affirms she Wants an Assault Weapons ban in Florida

Fried makes a surprising turn of rhetoric at the end of Democrat primary

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
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August 15, 2022

While Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried (D-FL) is thought to be the more progressive choice for governor in the Democrat field, Commissioner Fried has taken a step back from her usual rhetoric and has adopted a more moderate approach to gun laws in Florida.

Commissioner Fried has previously rivaled incumbent Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL), on the gun debate.  The gubernatorial hopeful has committed to vetoing any Constitutional Carry bills that could come her way as governor if elected.  Even just last week, Fried blasted opponent US Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) for being pro-gun in the past.

Over the weekend The Floridian had the opportunity to catch up with Fried and ask her some questions about her stance on gun rights, and what she would do as governor in regard to guns.

"First and foremost, I think everyone knows this by now, I have my own concealed weapons permit, I own my own gun, but it's about responsible gun ownership," stated Fried.  "Get rid of ghost guns, we've got to make sure that we're doing background checks on ammunition because we also know that bullets kill, not guns," is how Fried intends to enact what she calls, "responsible gun ownership."

However, Fried did confirm that she supports, "assault weapons bans," implying that her administration would consider the move.  Fried reaffirmed that as governor, she is not out to take anyone's weapons away from them.

"I'm not looking to take anyone's guns, that is not what I'm saying at all," added Fried.

When asked if she would utilize gubernatorial action to ban assault weapons, Fried gave a resounding, "No," adding, "I, unlike our current governor, respect the balance of power, respect the three branches of government, and certainly not going to step on the other branches.

After the U.S. House of Representatives pass a gun ban measure to keep citizens from buying and obtaining semi-automatic weapons, Fried agreed with the vote.

"To allow assault weapons to be bought and sold by civilians is insane," stated Fried.

“Banning assault weapons at the federal level is common sense, and it has worked before. If it doesn’t get done federally, as governor, I will move to ban assault weapons in Florida," Fried added.
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Recently, Fried has shown a surprising change in her policy approach.  Over the weekend, Fried also affirmed that she will not be a COVID lockdown "extremist," making one wonder why the progressive choice in the Democrat field is playing the middle ahead of the consequential primary race.

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied Political Science, Religion and Criminology. He has been a reporter for the Floridian since January of 2021 and will start law school in 2024.

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