Florida Gov. DeSantis warns those taking advantage of hurricane victims: 'We are a law and order state'

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stern warning to those trying to take advantage of the victims of Hurricane Ian.

DeSantis made the comments on Friday during a news conference in Fort Myers, Florida. He said that while visiting Punta Gorda, Florida, he saw a boarded-up business with a sign that read, “You loot, we shoot.”

“We are a law and order state, and this is a law and order community,” DeSantis said. “So do not think that you’re going to take advantage of people who’ve suffered misery.”

“Don’t even think about looting,” DeSantis said during a later press conference on Friday.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives an update Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, on the damage from Tropical Storm Ian.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives an update Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, on the damage from Tropical Storm Ian.
(Florida Governor’s Office)

DeSantis added that people looking to “ransack people’s homes,” should beware: Florida is a Second Amendment state.

“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.”

Ian made landfall in Florida on Wednesday afternoon, and nearly 2 million people remained without power as of Friday afternoon.

The hurricane made landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm, with maximum sustained winds reaching 155 mph. 

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno also said that he “will not tolerate” anyone trying to take advantage of people suffering as a result of the storm’s damage.

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“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 said there will be “swift incarceration immediately with no tolerance.”

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Twenty-one deaths have been reported throughout Florida after Hurricane Ian went through the state, according to FOX 35, but officials say the number is expected to rise.

On Friday afternoon, Ian made landfall near Georgetown, South Carolina. The National Hurricane Center downgraded Ian to a post-tropical cyclone.

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