Over 1.9 Million Florida Concealed Weapon License Holders on Alert

Opinion by Marion P. Hammer

Nikki Fried
Nikki Fried

Florida – -(AmmoLand.com)- A devout anti-gun Commissioner of Agriculture (Nikki Fried) and an even worse anti-gun Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture (Mary Barzee Flories) have taken over the administration of the concealed weapons and firearms licensing programs under the Division of Licensing at the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

And, of course, 2.1 million current firearms license holders are watching.

If you believe the media, you would think newly elected Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) is hell-bent on destroying the licensing program. Further, Fried’s newly hired Deputy Commissioner Mary Barzee Flories (D), might be planning to take a wrecking ball to it.

A 1/14/19 article in the Tampa Bay Times reports that in a previous campaign, Deputy Commissioner Barzee Flories, said that she was “100 percent committed to taking on the NRA” further that “she supports universal background checks and the reinstatement of the federal assault weapons ban. Her stance on gun control drew donations and volunteers from groups like Moms Demand Action, a gun-control advocacy group…”

Don’t be fooled by campaign rhetoric. Commissioner Fried and staff must uphold the Constitution and the law. They can’t use their personal political philosophies to re-tool or dismantle a program governed by the Constitution and the law.

Fried campaigned on a pledge to fix problems with the program, not destroy it. We actually welcome efforts to fix any real problems – but they have to be actual problems, not imagined or manufactured problems like those in the media.

We’re willing to let Commissioner Fried show Floridians that she can be fair and properly administer the program. If she’s afraid to keep the Licensing program, we’ll find out soon enough. The CW Licensing Program is not a political football, it’s a program that facilitates the constitutional right to keep and bear arms and the constitutional right of self-defense Over 2 million license holders will hold her accountable.

The answer is not moving the program anywhere, and certainly not to a law enforcement agency. The answer is that it should remain squarely under an elected official who must swear to uphold the Constitution and the law and can be held accountable by the people.

BOTTOM LINE: We believe the program should stay where it is and it’ll be up to Commissioner Fried to keep her campaign promise to correct any problems a legitimate investigation reveals. And if she really wants to be a workhorse and not a show horse, we’ll be happy to hold her coat or help if she wants our help.

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Chris Howard
Chris Howard
1 year ago

Don’t forget that when Trump was running for President, he used the “NRA” for his agenda ?!!!! He was the one that said something to the idea of “take their guns first” !!!!
To the Politician our “Constitution” means nothing to them ?!!

GregTorchia
GregTorchia
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris Howard

Here in Florida we are still pissed off about the “stolen voting scenario “ nobody seems to get any kind of criminal investigation into and now we have a Commie as the Agro commissioner/ it’s time to batten down that the hatches /because you know they hate us//They gave Andrew Gillam a job on the Commie CNN news network if that tells you anything. 1776

Anthony S.
Anthony S.
1 year ago

This is a wake-up call for Florida gun owners to get out and VOTE. Just because the legal arena is friendly now does not mean it will stay that way.

CAEscapee
CAEscapee
1 year ago

Received my FL CCW last year in 2 weeks. If I recall correctly, the dept of agriculture must issues a license or rejection within a certain timeframe. I think it is in the order of 4 months.

SPARTACUS
SPARTACUS
1 year ago

2 million license holders X the fees they pay for licensing. This is a multi million dollar deadfall industry
for the Florida Dept of Agriculture, and if they are as interested in tax dollars as they purport to be, they
would be very wise not to wake the 2.1 million bear voting block which will put them in the unemployment
office, next year.

Douglas G
Douglas G
1 year ago

I have a FL non-resident permit and have experienced no problems over the last 12 or so years. In FL, the Dept. of Ag. has administered the CCW program because they handle most of FL’s licensing programs. They are set-up to respond to inquiries and meet deadlines. Someone in FL legislature has floated a bill to move this program over under the State Police for no particular reason, which would be a disaster and likely negatively effect customer service and timeliness. As, the State Police are not set-up for direct customer contact administrative duties and are overseen by an appointed… Read more »

TomZ
TomZ
1 year ago

The article states that giving this dept. to law enforcement to administer is not a good idea, here in Arizona we have constitutional carry(no permit required) and CCW that is administered by DPS our state police, it runs without any problem.

Lou
Lou
1 year ago

So now Marion Hammer doesn’t want to move the CCW Program to office Jimmy Patronis, Chief Financial Officer of Florida? Hammer was all THE SKY IS FALLING SINCE FRIED IS IN CHARGE and now she’s cool with it. Want to know why? Because no Florida Republican Legislator will draft a bill moving the CCW program to the CFO and Marion Hammer doesn’t have the political capital to get someone to draft such a bill. Furthermore, Senate President Bill Galvano (R) and House Speak Jose Oliva (R) are anti gun and will not support such a bill. Nikki Fried can alter… Read more »

mGm
mGm
1 year ago

It doesn’t matter that the rules say she cannot change the law. She will administratively alter it to her liking.
Write the Governor, I did. Explain to him that we voted him in there to keep people like Fried from taking our rights. Implore him to muzzle Fried and that deputy. Take the CCW administration away from her.
Remember, She even promised confiscation in several of her campaign speeches.
Writing opinions and comments here really doesn’t help much,
Write, Call, email Gov DeSantis, Now.

bert
bert
1 year ago

Ok Total BS from the Writer of this Article.
I voted for Mrs, or Miss Hamner in the NRA elections
so stuff any hate on me.

You want to see what the anti gun elected officials can do, or are going to do to you in Florida,?
Come to the North East and you will see.
They are going to stuff gun control on you, and there is nothing you can do about it.
Does not matter if its Hammer or anyone else trying to defend ……….imho.

TheHolyCrow
TheHolyCrow
1 year ago
Reply to  bert

All laws that do not comply with the US Constitution are null and void from inception. No one has a duty to ENFORCE or OBEY them. That comes from the Supremacy Clause found in Article Six of the US Constitution, which in itself, is the Supreme Law of the Land. So, they can take their illegal and unconstitutional pieces of paper with ink on it, and shove them where the sun don’t shine. WE SHALL NOT COMPLY, and the day draws nearer when they will answer for their TREASON ! Hardly no one complied in Connecticut, most in NY just… Read more »

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

I just completed my course and am heading to the Dep of Ag office today to apply for my CWL. Now I read this… I’ve heard they are issued as fast as one week lately. Hopefully this change in office doesn’t change processing speed immediately… All the anti gun hoopla in Florida lately is a little disconcerting to say the least. Everyone is on a mission.

John Jameson
John Jameson
1 year ago

I have decided not to send my non-resident CCW renewal. My PA license covers me there and so does my UT non-resident CCW. Stick a fork in me I’m done. I don’t need the BS or the hassle.

Bob
Bob
1 year ago

True, she cant change law, but she has total control over its administration and policy. She can slow the system to a crawl, slow walk renewals. I have no clue as to the wording of the actual legislation..but most civil law may establish a liscensing enity, its intent and purpose, but it leaves ots policy and admistration decisions up to administrators or elected offical appointed to oversee.. she can, if she chooses. Drop staffing levels, reduce working hours, cut budget.. set policy to reject applications based on spelling errors, didnt like a response. She can make it as slow as… Read more »

hippybiker
hippybiker
1 year ago

As a citizen of the grea5 State of Florida and a CCW holder, I can explain that under the current law in this State, she can not change any aspect of the law. It is the sole responsibility under Florida statute 790.0. that only the legislature can alter the law. If she tries to mess with it, instead of jus5 administering it, she can loose her position and be fined.
That’s the law, as written. Suck it up Nikki and jus5 do your job!

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  hippybiker

@Hippy, I’m thinking that Floridians better pull her fangs before she gets more political power. National socialist democrats don’t care what the limits are on their offices. They think that they can do what ever they want.

TheHolyCrow
TheHolyCrow
1 year ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

How about a Military Tribunal for her ? They can decide weather or not she has broken her oath to uphold the US Constitution. And if she has, she has become an enemy of the State. And BTW, George Soros, who owned the software in many voting machines, has reportedly been arrested and is incarcerated in Switzerland. It is very possible that it will be found that many of these commies who have become elected and are pushing all these anti-American, illegal, unconstitutional gun laws, have been placed in their positions thru fraudulent voting. They are waging a war against… Read more »

Bob
Bob
1 year ago
Reply to  hippybiker

True, she cant change law, but she has total control over its administration and policy. She can slow the system to a crawl, slow walk renewals. I have no clue as to the wording of the actual legislation..but most civil law may establish a liscensing enity, its intent and purpose, but it leaves ots policy and admistration decisions up to administrators or elected offical appointed to oversee.. she can, if she chooses. Drop staffing levels, reduce working hours, cut budget.. set policy to reject applications based on spelling errors, didnt like a response. She can make it as slow as… Read more »

Roy D.
Roy D.
1 year ago
Reply to  hippybiker

I seem to remember that the definition of a “machinegun” is codified in law and yet the BATFE seemed to have little trouble changing that definition. Something being law never stopped a communist.

duhduh
duhduh
1 year ago

What ” use is a democrat and RINO, ANYWAY ? But, to destroy and proclaim, LOOK WHAT I BUILT .

Nanashi
Nanashi
1 year ago

Reminder she’s only in that position because Rick Scott refused to remove Snipes after she was caught in 2016 and only cared about voter fraud till it was his problem.

Sean
Sean
1 year ago

I actually liked the article but the title and first portion are very misleading! Ammoland, I expect more professionalism from you!

Bruce Welch
Bruce Welch
1 year ago
Reply to  Sean

It’s opinion as it says in the beginning of the article and from Marion Hammer too who is completely working for the NRA.

TomZ
TomZ
1 year ago
Reply to  Bruce Welch

The NRA is the reason that people even have CCW rights.

jaime sanchez jr
jaime sanchez jr
1 year ago
Reply to  Sean

Very true

Oldvet
Oldvet
1 year ago
Reply to  Sean

Yes I should have checked the by line first…I wouldn’t have even bothered to read the article !!!