TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on Florida failing to do national background checks on people applying for concealed weapons permits(all times local):
Florida revoked concealed weapons permits for nearly 300 people who got them after the state failed to do national background checks for more than a year.
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam acknowledged that the state revoked the permits in a statement issued Friday evening.
The state failed to check applications against a national database set up by federal authorities. The lapse was revealed in an inspector general’s report sent to Putnam in 2017.
Putnam blamed the lapse on a negligent and “deceitful” employee. He said a total of 365 applications were reviewed after the problem was discovered. Ultimately, permits were revoked for 291 people.
Putnam is running for governor and has pushed to make it easier for people to get a concealed weapons permit. His office oversees the concealed weapons licensing program.
For more than a year Florida failed to do national background checks on people applying for concealed weapons permits.
An inspector general’s report sent to Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in 2017 highlighted the problem. It said an employee stopped doing the checks because she couldn’t log into the database.
Putnam is running for governor and has pushed to make it easier for people to get a concealed weapons permit.
Florida has more than 1.9 million people licensed to carry concealed weapons.
A Putnam spokesman said Friday that the employee responsible for the problem had been fired. Aaron Keller said every application that had been potentially impacted had been reviewed. Keller, however, did not say how many permits were revoked.
The Tampa Bay Times first reported on the inspector general’s report.
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