Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has warned potential looters to beware because Florida is a Second Amendment state.
Looting has been a big concern for those in areas facing severe damage from Hurricane Ian.
“We are a law and order state, and this is a law and order community,” DeSantis said while speaking at a press conference in Fort Myers on Friday. “So do not think that you’re going to take advantage of people who’ve suffered misery.”
Gov. DeSantis warned would-be looters that the state would undertake efforts to maintain law and order and offered a quip advising against any lootings as “we are a second amendment state”.https://t.co/udG3Vx3bPv pic.twitter.com/OczoWr9ggd
— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) October 1, 2022
During a subsequent press conference later in the day, DeSantis reiterated, “don’t even think about looting.”
The governor warned those seeking to “ransack people’s homes” that the state is heavily armed.
“I can tell you in the state of Florida, you never know what may be lurking behind somebody’s home,” DeSantis said. “And I would not want to chance that if I were you — given that we’re a Second Amendment state.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warns people not to loot homes amid hurricane recovery: “You never know what may be lurking behind somebody’s home…we’re a Second Amendment state.” https://t.co/zEQTa6EZra pic.twitter.com/EZaVPNXPDq
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 1, 2022
Fox News reports that Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno also said that he “will not tolerate” anyone trying to take advantage of people suffering.
“We are not going to tolerate, I mean, zero tolerance when we say anyone that thinks they’re going to thrive on the residents of this county or state when we just took a horrific hit — I can guarantee you that is not going to happen,” Marceno said.
Marceno added that there will be “swift incarceration immediately with no tolerance.”
An estimated two million people still did not have electricity in the state as of Friday afternoon.