Dem endorsed by anti-gun groups tapped to supervise Florida’s CCW program
By Chris Eger
Last year, Mary Barzee Flores was backed by every large gun control group in the country, including Giffords and Moms Demand Action. This week she was appointed to head concealed carry licensing in Florida.
A one-time South Florida Congressional candidate who vowed to fight gun rights groups will now have oversight of the state’s massive concealed weapon license program.
Newly installed Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried, a Democrat, on Monday announced she had picked Mary Barzee Flores for the job of Deputy Commissioner for Consumer Affairs. As such, Barzee Flores would be in charge of several of the Department’s programs, including concealed weapons permitting.
“I’m honored to join an administration focused on protecting consumer rights and the interests, safety, and security of all Floridians,” said Barzee Flores in a statement.
An attorney and former state circuit court judge, Barzee Flores was nominated to the federal bench by President Obama in 2015 but her appointment never made it out of the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. She subsequently ran last year as a Democrat in an effort to move into Florida’s vacant 27th Congressional district seat but was trounced in the party primary.
However, during her failed bid for