Adam Putnam’s office failed to conduct concealed gun permit background checks

Adam Putnam's office failed to conduct concealed gun permit background checks

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam speaks to the media during a pre-legislative news conference on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) – A previously confidential investigative report says Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s office failed to conduct criminal background checks on concealed gun permit applicants for more than a year. The news comes at a bad time for Putnam, a self-professed “sellout for the NRA” who has been criticized lately for his support of the Second Amendment in light of the Parkland shootings. Publix donated to his campaign, which triggered a boycott. Then the supermarket chain said it was ending all political contributions. The report, published on June 5, 2017, faults the negligence of a mid-level manager at the Department of Agriculture. Lisa Wilde was responsible for running applicants through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) from Feb. 2016 through April 2017, but the report claims she had trouble logging into the system. “I dropped the ball,” Wilde told investigators with the Department of Agriculture. “I know I did that, I should have been doing it and I didn’t.” Wilde “agreed it could cause embarrassment to the agency,” the investigators wrote in the report. Florida has issued 1.5 million concealed weapons permits. Putnam has made a point of fast-tracking the process to reduce the waiting time for applicants. Staff members say they’ve re-checked applicants who obtained permits during the period in question but it’s not clear how many people lost permits after […]

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