Adam Putnam’s Florida office didn’t do gun background checks for one year: report

Adam Putnam's Florida office didn’t do gun background checks for one year: report

2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam delivers remarks during a campaign stop in Altamonte Springs, Fla., Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Putnam is on a 10-day, 22-city campaign swing across Florida. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel) 2766201 (Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel) TALLAHASSEE – The Florida agency led by GOP gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam did not conduct national background checks on those seeking concealed carry permits for more than a year, according to an inspector general report first reported by the Tampa Bay Times . Putnam’s Department of Agriculture is in charge of issuing concealed carry permits and conducting background checks. But according to the report, Lisa Wilde, the employee responsible for the background checks, was unable to log in to the system as of at least April 7, 2016. The problem went unnoticed until March 2017. Wilde was fired when the lapse was discovered. The timespan for the unchecked applications includes the June 12, 2016, massacre at Pulse nightclub. According to the Times , there were 268,000 applications approved between July 2016 and June 2017, and 6,470 denied for incomplete forms or ineligibility. In the year since, there have been 2,000 more denials than the previous year. The lapses could potentially have allowed those with mental illnesses to carry weapons in public. Democratic candidates for governor immediately blasted Putnam, with some calling on him to drop out of the race. “This makes me sick to my stomach,” Chris King, a Winter Park businessman and Democratic candidate wrote on Twitter. “It wasn’t […]

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