The Employee Failed to Run Checks Concealed Weapons Permits for Over a Year Because He Couldn’t Log in
FLORIDA — June 9, 2018
For 13 months, the office of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam failed to run national background checks on people applying for concealed weapons permits in Florida because an employee couldn't log into the system.
This problem went unresolved to March 2017, until discovered by another worker.
According to police, the lapse covered a period that included the biggest spike in permit applications in Florida history.
During that time, on June 12, 2016, shooting happened at Pulse nightclub that left 50 dead.
There were 134,000 requests for permits in 2015. The next 12 months broke a record, 245,000 applications. The most record was in 2017, it was 275,000 applications.
"Concealed weapons licenses may have been issued to potentially ineligible individuals. If it came out they weren't conducted, this could cause an embarrassment to the agency," the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services report said.
These things were done by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. In 2012, he held a news conference where announced the time it took to process an application fell from 12 weeks to 35 days on his watch. He was also going to tout his expansion of concealed carry permits as one of his top accomplishments.
But now new details about his agency’s lax oversight come.
In a statement Friday night, Putnam said, "A criminal background investigation was completed on every single application." Among them 365 applications and revoked 291 concealed weapons permits.
It is unclear why it took so long for someone to realize the background checks were not completed. But the report indicated that the department may not have a backup system to ensure the task was completed.