Anti-Gun Miami Attorney, Now Deputy Commissioner, Will Oversee FL’s CCW Program

Mary Barzee Flores via Twitter

Florida’s new Commissioner Agriculture  & Consumer Services, Nikki Fried (D) has selected Mary Barzee Flores to be her Deputy Commissioner over Consumer Affairs. The Ag Department, among other things, is responsible for running the state’s concealed weapons permit program. The appointment of Flores isn’t a good thing for Florida gun owners. Here’s a little background of her on why this is no bueno.

A former circuit court judge, Flores was nominated by President Obama in 2015 to serve as a federal district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Flores was recommended for the judgeship by Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson after she was vetted by the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, a body appointed by Rubio and Nelson.

Fortunately for Florida, her nomination expired when the 114th Congress adjourned before she could be confirmed. After that, she went into private practice. However, in 2018, Flores decided to run for the House of Representatives. Here is a direct quote from her campaign website:

“I am 100% committed to taking on the NRA and enacting policies to end our country’s epidemic of senseless gun violence that for too long has left our most vulnerable communities to suffer in silence. Florida does not require background checks for private sales, and it is not alone in allowing this massive and deadly loophole to persist. 33 states have taken no action to close this so-called “gun show” loophole. Common sense gun reform is necessary to ensure the safety of our kids and our communities. Weapons of war have no place in our classrooms, neighborhoods, or public spaces. This is something I truly believe most of us agree with. But we’ve been stuck with inaction and death because the NRA has billions of dollars – they’ve bought and paid for a Congress that will advance their agenda and their profit margins upon command. The NRA won’t be able to buy me and I’ll make sure that Congress listens to the American people and mandates universal background checks, closes dangerous loopholes, and reinstates the federal assault weapons ban.”

– via, screenshot here

Yes, she checked off all of the anti-gun left’s most-used talking points. During her campaign last year, she preached support for reinstating the Clinton “assault weapons” ban and enacting universal background checks. Her endorsements should give Florida gun owners cause for concern, too:


This features the Brady Campaign and Giffords, along with various other far left orgs that back gun control. Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action backed her during the 2018 campaign, too.

Fred Guttenberg, parent of a Parkland victim, was also behind Flores. Who is he? For the new website, Jessica McBride described him as “one of the strongest voices for changes to gun laws in the wake of the mass shooting.” He’s also a committee member for Ban Assault Weapons NOW. Those are the people driving a petition initiative to amend the Florida Constitution and outlaw semi-automatic rifles.

So, what does all this mean for Florida permit holders and gun owners? Expect our current CCW program to be put through the ringer. The streamlining that former Ag Commissioner, Adam Putnam and former Director of the Division of Licensing, Grea Bevis, put in place to make it far easier for Floridians to exercise their rights will likely be gone.

The online renewal, ability to apply at a county tax office, and generally quick turn-around will probably be undone. I predict that under Fried and Flores, it will be turned into more of a gun-grabber-style quagmire like those found in New Jersey, Massachusetts, and California. Anything to make the process of exercising the right to bear arms more difficult.

Everything will need to be done in person, new fees will be assessed, applications will be denied for the smallest issue and hours and staffing will be reduced.

As the greatest gun salesman in history once observed, elections have consequences.


  1. avatar Jeff says:

    Got my rental notice for my Florida CCW during the holidays and submitted my renewal online on 7 January, the day before she took office. Received my rental on the mail on 10 January. I thought that was pretty fast. Expect that will change now that she’s in charge.

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      Florida charges too much for a nonresident…and their requirements are actually more stringent than my home state of PA…let mine go…you’re better off with Utah or Arizona….

  2. avatar dph says:

    Well heck, I’m done with NRA because apparently they’re flush with cash according to Ms. Flores. ” But we’ve been stuck with inaction and death because the NRA has billions of dollars – they’ve bought and paid for a Congress that will advance their agenda and their profit margins upon command.” (sarc)

  3. avatar NORDNEG says:

    If you vote for these anti gun politicians & you own guns, your part of the problem, another reason why gun owning democrats keep shooting them selves in the foot…

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      it’s that not in our “neighborhoods” that sounds the most concerning…….

  4. avatar Sal Chichon says:

    They keep attacking the 2nd, I say we start attacking the 19th. It’s “common sense,” afterall.

  5. What about their new, so called [email protected] governor? I’m sure he’ll put his foot down or up someone’s @$$ ! If he’s worth his salt….

  6. avatar Djm says:

    All of the Broward county election shenanigans were to achieve this outcome.

  7. avatar Jay in Floridaduh says:

    Not so funny thing is the Repulican was declared the winner election night. Somehow 80,000 votes were found here in my county of Palm Beach during the recount here in Floriduh. Nikki is/was the only Dimokrat to win a statewide election.

    Aint it grèeeeeaat in the SunShine State……. . ..

    1. avatar GS650G says:

      They went to a lot of trouble to steal that seat and they are going to make the most of it .

  8. avatar m. says:

    hey gov., why would you allow taquiyya-bama followers in the ag & comsumer area to be in charge of this? fried & flores, gtfo and stay out.

  9. avatar strych9 says:

    Someone explain to me why CCW permits are issued under the auspices of the agriculture department. Did they roll it into agriculture because that department handles hunting or something?

    1. avatar Geoff "Bring the EDIT button back, will ya, TTAG?" PR says:

      Hunting – Fishing licenses are handled by the county tax collectors.

      Who, thanks to Ex- Ag Commish Adam Putnam streamlining things, handled the speedy Concealed Carry renewals.

      No more, apparently…

    2. avatar Geoff "Bring the EDIT button back, will ya, TTAG?" PR says:

      “Florida Hunting License

      Florida hunting licenses are available through the FWC and are available through the county tax collector’s offices as well as various other vendors across the state. License fees vary depending on the animal hunted and whether the purchaser is a resident of the state or not. Licenses can also be purchased online through the FWC website at”

    3. avatar GS650G says:

      They did that to keep.the notoriously political and anti gun Florida police out of it. Florida was the first state to do permits and the system.has worked well, so well they are trying to undermine it.

    4. avatar Jay in Floriduh says:

      Basically it was the only elected officials office they could find back in 1989 or so I was told. Permits before shall issue were may issue and handled by the police. The people who make these decisions and I don’t know who they are. Didn’t and STILL don’t want the FDLE to handle this.
      It has to be done by an elected official so someone can be held responsible. More or less.
      Nikki will be a one termer no matter what she does. Flores is just another politician looking for a job. She was a real PIA in Miami. She wants to be Mayor down there. We just want her gone anyplace else would do.

    5. avatar strych9 says:

      Interesting. Thanks guys.

  10. “…to end our country’s epidemic of senseless gun violence that for too long has left our most vulnerable communities to suffer…


    …in silence. ”


  11. avatar possum says:

    We The People let the fox in the hen house.

  12. avatar GS650G says:

    My Florida permit is up for renewal in 2024. Maybe the people will be gone by then.
    I’ve renewed 3 times in the past 20 plus years and I hope I don’t have to go there and fight with them about it. I also hope they don’t restrict out of state holders or pull any tricks . My hopes are weak in this regard.

  13. avatar Lance says:

    “Billions of dollars”? What billions of dollars? Last I heard, the NRA is having a membership retention problem…

    This is why I don’t understand why the NRA negotiates with these people. NO MATTER what they do, they will always be disrespected, insulted, and blamed for every heinous act committed with a firearm. Whether people believe it or not, the NRA is not as powerful as anti-gun politicians say they are.

  14. avatar Robert Kramer says:

    I heard somewhere she wants to give ccw oversight to fdle ( Florida dept of law enforcement)
    Boy I already miss Adam Putnam “opie”.

    1. avatar frank speak says:

      always thought getting it through the dept of agriculture was a little odd…not that it mattered…

  15. avatar Mad Max says:

    I heard that Nikki Freid wanted to transfer the gun permit function to the State Police.

    Maybe that would be a good thing….

    1. avatar Wood says:

      NO! Ccw licensing was put under an elected official to get it away from FDLE. It’s never a good idea to put excercise of a right under 5-oh.

  16. avatar thewiz says:

    if there was ever a time for constitutional carry. just got my renewal but will still vote to uphold the rights of my fellow citizens

  17. avatar Alan says:

    Seems as if the lady oh so conveniently forgot her oath of office, in particular the stipulations about ” supporting, upholding and defending the constitution”, said oath of office applying to parts of said constitution that she might disagree with too. Of course, such lapses of memory that seem to afflict some of our elected things are not peculiar to her.

  18. avatar UNKNOWN, except to the 2A and U.S. Constitution says:

    Thankfully, I don’t have a Florida government ‘permission slip’ to CCW, or one up for renewal.

    Arizona’s or Utah’s, my friends.

  19. avatar Jamie in North Dakota says:

    Wow I can’t believe she detests the NRA that much! We’re always being told by the “real” 2A supporters in the comments that the NRA is anti-gun and has supported every single piece of gun control since 1871. She better watch out the big bad GOA and it’s new fanboy members are gonna get her run out of office, right after they get the Hughes Amendment repealed… 😉

  20. avatar JIM JACKSON says:

    Ummmmm… Im a Florida resident and wondering if the author even bothered to research how licenses are handled in Florida? The sec of ag doesn’t get to arbitrarily decide thibgs. There are kaws that have to be followed. She can just stary charging new or higher fees are change the licensing procedure in any way. She only runs thr dept that issues them.

    1. avatar Jim jackson says:

      Sorry for spelling errors.. Old man eyes and small screen

    2. avatar Bob says:

      Laws state that there could be up to a 90 day period before a permit issued and sets the general requirements. It does not state how they are to be processed.

      1. avatar Edward Thorton says:

        Correct…but Florida is a shall issue state so worse case scenario is that instead of whatever it is now it will just be full 90 days. She can’t change fees, requirements, enact stricter background checks, etc….so much of article is just fear mongering. Worse case is slow walking permits.

  21. avatar Enuf says:

    She’s a “Gun Sense Candidate”? Well hell, I’m proud to be a Gun Sense Voter.

    I favor spending tax payer money to subsidize public shooting ranges, shooting teams in schools, training classes for young women in how to defend themselves with the science of ballistics and muscle memory.

    Background checks? Well, if we can’t get rid of them they should be paid for by tax dollars out of the general fund. After all, it’s a fee placed upon a Constitutional Right. A Natural Right enshrined in our Constitution for the common defense of all of us. Therefore, all of us should foot that bill.

  22. avatar m. says:

    never seen so many d-suckers in government at one time, at all levels

  23. avatar Bierce Ambrose says:

    Either she “faithfully executes” the laws as written, or she gets impeached. I’ve heard that’s a thing.

  24. avatar Sora says:

    I voted for Matt Caldwell.
    This is all you bolt action and shotgun totting “Hunters” who claim “Who NEEDS X” just like the gun ban people, that didn’t care to vote in Matt because “He’s not moderate enough”.

  25. avatar Nanashi says:

    Remember to thank Rick Scott for this. Snipe’s blatant fraud was responsible for her win could have been prevented if Scott removed her from office the FIRST time she was caught doing it. Instead, true to RINO form, he only gave a damn when HIS political career was threatened.

  26. avatar Fully Involved says:

    Thanks Luis (and the rest of the TTAG) staff for keeping us updated (which, shame on us, is not something we say often enough).
    My renewal wasnt due until march but i got it done online just now (in 5 minutes mind you) before they get a chance to finish f**king everything up.

    (And please someone explain to me how a ‘person with gun’ is more dangerous than ‘person with gun and one more plastic card in his wallet’? What was that term they use? “Common Sense”?)

    The only group more destructive than stupid people that admit they’re stupid are stupid people that think they’re smart.

  27. avatar jack says:

    she cant do squat,if she tries to ban our lawful permits,Desantis will slap her down…

    1. avatar Wood says:

      You hope. He’s untested.

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