The State of Florida has now been hit with a lawsuit by Young Americans for Liberty President Cliff Maloney over its attempt to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to attempt to place new onerous restrictions on the purchase of firearms.
The Washington Times reports:
Young Americans for Liberty president Cliff Maloney has sued a Florida official for stymying his attempt to obtain a firearm amid social distancing restrictions in response to coronavirus.
Mr. Maloney filed a lawsuit on Friday against Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services Commissioner Nikki Fried stemming from her decision to suspend online applications for concealed weapons licenses amid the coronavirus outbreak. Open carry of firearms in the Sunshine State is only permissible in specific instances, such as for hunting and target shooting.
“Nikki Fried thinks that your right to self-defense is negotiable. She’s wrong,” said Mr. Maloney in a statement. “This is a blatant disregard for the rule of law, and I will not idly sit by while Nikki Fried uses this crisis to enact her gun-grabbing agenda. I encourage all Americans to join this fight for our rights. We either believe in liberty in times of crisis or we do not believe in liberty at all.”
Ms. Fried did not respond to request for comment and her office was closed on Friday amid coronavirus restrictions on her workplace.
An unprecedented crisis is the least appropriate time for cynical politicians to attempt to enact infringements on the rights of citizens, yet this seems to be exactly what has happened.