Putnam rips concealed weapons story, acknowledges failure to review background checks

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According to the Tampa Bay Times, applications for concealed weapons permits in Florida at this time-which coincided with the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that left 49 dead-were at a record high.

Putnam has pushed back on criticism of his stance on gun control, and he even tweeted past year about being a "proud NRA sellout"-a full month after an investigation exposed his office for failing to run background checks".

The state ultimately revoked 291 permits and fired an employee blamed for the lapse.

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 State of Florida issued concealed weapons permits without performing background checks for over a year because no one was able to log into a national database meant to track people with disqualifying histories, according to Florida's own Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Therefore, the background check information was not considered in the permit issuing process during that time.

About 350,000 people applied for a concealed weapon license during the period in question, the department said.

Many on Twitter went after Putnam, mainly Democratic politicians and anti-gun activists. "This is a very serious issue".

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McKinley Lewis, a spokesman for Republican Gov. Rick Scott, said the governor's office was never provided a copy of the inspector general's report. "I didn't wait on a news story to take action".

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". "There are now 1.8 million concealed weapon permit holders in Florida". Businesses that sell firearms run their own background checks. He also stressed that having a concealed weapons permit does not make a person eligible to purchase a firearm. Adam Putnam, the commissioner of that department, is now running for Governor.

The employee was terminated once her negligence was brought to light. I know I did that.

"I am extremely alarmed at the failure by Commissioner Putnam to disclose that his agency had failed to conduct these critical background checks - allowing possibly mentally disturbed individuals and others who should be disqualified, to be legally armed in Florida", Stewart said. "I neglected to do it for nearly a year".

Keller added that the NICS database is used for "non-criminal disqualifying offenses" and during this time, the department conducted criminal background checks using two other databases, the Florida Crime Information Center database and the National Crime Information Center database. Now, he said, there are more "eyeballs" making sure the work is complete and a "more seamless technology transfer" of the NICS background check results.

"I will continue to hold all of my people accountable across the entire department for all of the responsibilities we have, including licensing, but not limited to licensing", Putnam said.

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