Friday, 17 August, 2018

Florida approved pistol permits without full background checks

Adam Putnam touts his efforts to expand concealed carry gun permits in Florida in a Facebook Adam Putnam touts his efforts to expand concealed carry gun permits in Florida in a Facebook
Deanna Wagner | 10 June, 2018, 02:07

She never mitigated this issue. The Department of Agriculture said she failed to do that review.

That bloodbath spurred a historic spike in applications for carry permits, according to the Tampa Bay Times, which obtained a copy of the June 2017 inspector general's report through an open-records request.

He said multiple entities, including the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, provide background check information to his office, which then reviews the information and decides whether to approve or deny a particular applicant. The investigation found that last time she accessed the database was February 26, 2016.

"Career politicians like Mr. Putnam think this is just another bad day at the office - but when you hide a level of negligence that endangers every resident, and every child, in Florida, you forfeit any moral right to lead", said former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, one of the Democratic candidates running for governor.

Putnam, who has portrayed a massive increase in concealed weapon license holders as his major achievement, has come under fire following the revelation, with anti-gun violence activists and Democrats calling on him to drop out of the race over a "gross dereliction of duty".

"Shockingly irresponsible - for over a year, #FL failed to run proper background checks for concealed carry permits". During his time as commissioner, Putnam has frequently touted his pro-Second Amendment bona fides, specifically his office's efforts to streamline the process of applying for concealed weapons permits. It is even more useless if the people responsible for enforcing said law are morons who lack "common sense".

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At a joint campaign event in Pensacola on Saturday, both Ron DeSantis and Matt Gaetz went on the offensive against the Adam Putnam campaign, DeSantis's only rival in the Republican primary for governor.

As noted by newspaper, NICS "will flag applicants who have served time in prison for more than a year, are convicted of drug use in the past year, are undocumented immigrants or were involuntarily committed or deemed to have a "mental defect" by a court or dishonorably discharged from the military".

The commissioner pointed out, having a concealed carry permit in the state of Florida does not mean an individual can buy a gun.

Wilde also told the paper that she was a mail room worker before getting promoted to conduct background checks in 2013, adding: "I didn't understand why I was put in charge of it".

The Department, meanwhile, said that it "immediately" fired the employee after becoming aware of her non-compliance with the procedure, and it "thoroughly reviewed every application potentially impacted". While 54,045 new applications were filed in June and July a year before the massacre, that number rose by almost 24,000 for the same two months in 2016.