Adam Putnam sheds light on report of missed background checks

10 June, 2018, 15:31 | Author: Carlos George
  • Florida didn't conduct gun background checks for an entire year because an official couldn't log in

Democrats and gun-control advocates took aim Friday at Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam after the Tampa Bay Times reported that a former employee of Putnam's agency failed for more than a year to conduct national background checks on applications for concealed weapons licenses.

Many pointed out that Putnam tweeted he was a "proud NRA sellout" a month after the investigation was concluded and submitted to his office. When the actions of what Putnam called the "negligent and deceptive employee" were discovered, the previously-run background checks for all 350,000 applicants were pulled and reviewed.

Added Putnam on Friday: "The former employee was both deceitful and negligent, and we immediately launched an investigation and implemented safeguards to ensure this never happens again".

The Times reports that the problem was traced back to a single employee who was tasked with logging in to the NICS background check system.

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 ultimately revoked 291 permits and fired an employee blamed for the lapse after an inspector general's report detailing the problem was sent in June 2017 to top officials in the department who oversee the program.

Upon discovery of this former employee's negligence in not conducting the further review required on 365 applications, we immediately completed full background checks on those 365 applications, which resulted in 291 revocations.

- Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture, and a candidate for Florida governor, Adam Putnam spoke to reporters Saturday about a recent report his office did not follow proper procedures when issuing concealed carry permits for about 13 months. That would be Republican Adam Putnam, the state's current Agriculture Commissioner who is also now running for governor.

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Putnam said there were about 350,000 applicants during that time, all of which were initially approved for concealed carry permits. And when the Office of Inspector General provided the results of its investigation to the Department, his office immediately backtracked and reviewed the 365 applications.

Fernandez said he believes the Department of Agriculture will fix the problem.

In March of 2017, another employee wondered why the department had not recently received any notices of denials, "which was unusual".

The report, which was forwarded to Putnam, recommends that the department "identify any NICS ineligible applicants that may have been erroneously issued". In Florida, these background checks are used as indicators of eligibility for concealed weapon licenses.

The state used the national system to see if there were reasons such as mental illness or drug addictions that should prevent someone from being issued a concealed-weapons permit.

The report from 2017 quotes the employee saying, "I dropped the ball".

"I know I did that", she said. The NICS database, administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, putatively ensures that applicants who want to carry a gun in public are not ineligible due to their criminal history in other states.

About 350,000 people applied for a concealed weapon license during the period in question, the department said. "I should have been doing it and I didn't".

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