Florida man’s guns confiscated under ‘red flag’ law due to mistaken identity

Florida man’s guns confiscated under ‘red flag’ law due to mistaken identity
File image. Confiscated guns. CNN video

[Ed. – Beth Baumann is right: this is the nightmare “no process” scenario in which the citizen has to prove himself instead of the state validating its information first.]

According to Ammoland, Jonathan Carpenter received a certified letter from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services saying his concealed handgun permit had been suspended for “acts of domestic violence or acts of repeat violations.”

Carpenter was forced to go to the Osceola County clerk’s office to have a form filled out stating he wasn’t the person law enforcement was looking for.  …

From Ammoland:


[T]he plaintiff stated that she rented a room out to a “Jonathan Edward Carpenter” and his girlfriend. She alleged that this Carpenter was a drug dealer who broke her furniture and sold her belongings without her permission. He had a gun, and she feared for her life. She was not sure if the firearm was legal or not.

Carpenter had never met the woman in question and never lived at the address listed in the restraining order. Moreover, other than being white, he looked nothing like the man the [sic] terrorized the woman. …

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Even though it was evident they had the wrong man, Carpenter was forced to hand over his firearms. There was no hearing or any kind of court proceeding.

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