Florida commissioner: reports of no background checks on carry permits ‘flat wrong’ (VIDEO)
By Chris Eger
Adam Putnam, Florida’s pro-gun Commissioner of Agriculture and gubernatorial candidate, says stories of his office’s failure to perform checks on carry permits for a year are misleading.
The Tampa Bay Times last week broke the story of a year-old report by the Florida Office of Inspector General that found Putnam’s office did not run permit applicants through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System for a period between February 2016 and March 2017. The reason for the failure was because the employee tasked with running the checks, Lisa Wilde, could not access the database due to problems with her log-on. Putnam fired back that the Times story and subsequent reports based on it were misleading.
In a press conference on the controversy, Putnam said reports that “there were no background checks for a year are flat wrong, misleading,” going on to say that “a criminal background check was completed on every single one of the 349,923 concealed weapons licence applications that were submitted between February 2016 and March 2017.”
The Commissioner said those who were applying for licenses to carry concealed weapons were vetted through the Florida Criminal Information Computer system and the Nation Criminal Information Computer system before being issued a