What seemed like another day sitting at home, turned out to be a nightmare for Jonathan Carpenter of Osceola County, Florida.
A mail carrier came knocking on his front door last Wednesday, August 14, 2019.
The postal carrier had Carpenter sign a certified letter from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Carpenter ended up signing it, but was in a state of confusion trying to figure out what this letter could possibly be about.
He was not expecting any notice from the state.
After opening it, he was aghast. In the note, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services informed him that his concealed handgun permit was suspended.
The notice informed Carpenter of the following:
On or about August 12th, 2019 in Osceola County, Florida, an injunction was entered restraining you from acts of domestic violence or acts of repeat violations.
Given that he has no criminal record, Carpenter was naturally stunned by this letter.
Carpenter told AmmoLand News, “When I opened the letter stating my CCW was suspended, I was shocked and confused.”
The Florida resident immediately called the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to get to the bottom of this error.
The representative on the phone said that he had to acquire a form from the Clerk of the Courts stating that there weren’t actions against them.
When Carpenter arrived at the Clerk of the Court’s office to pick up the form, he was told that there was an injunction against a Jonathan Edward Carpenter.
Startled, he asked the clerk “What do I have to prove that you have the wrong Jonathan Edward Carpenter?”
The Clerk told Carpenter to go down to the Osceola County Sheriff’s office to clear things up. The Sheriff’s office provided Carpenter with a copy of the injunction.
In the injunction statement, the plaintiff claims that she rented a room to a “Jonathan Edward Carpenter” and his girlfriend. According to the Ammoland report, the plaintiff “alleged that this Carpenter was a drug dealer who broke her furniture and sold her belongings without her permission.”
She noted that Carpenter had a gun, and she felt threatened. She wasn’t sure about the gun’s legal status.
The suspect in this case is 5’8, while Carpenter is 5’11. The drug dealer is 110 pounds, whereas Carpenter is over 200 pounds.
Additionally, the man in this case has black hair, while Carpenter is completely bald.
To top it all off, the suspect in this case is covered in tattoos, whereas Carpenter only has a few.
Despite the authorities having the wrong person, Carpenter had to turn in his guns—all without a hearing.
Carpenter said, “The last thing on my mind was me having to turn over my gun.”
He added, “I was upset when the Sheriff told me that I need to surrender my gun before any due process.”
Carpenter has to go to court in order to get his guns back. Before that can happen, the woman must first confirm before a judge that she has the wrong Jonathan Carpenter. Carpenter has to petition the court in order to have his firearms returned—on his own dime.
That’s the world of red flag laws that Americans in 17 states live under.
Carpenter is currently seeking legal counsel.