Gun control pundits: Florida carry permit gaffe another reason against national reciprocity
By Chris Eger
Anti-gun groups argue that a scandal recently brought to light in the Sunshine State points to an underlying issue with the concept of national concealed carry reciprocity.
Last week news broke that the Florida Department of Agriculture failed to follow-up on 365 flagged concealed carry permit applications over a yearlong period due to an employee’s problem logging into a federal background check database. While an investigation called for by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam led to the revocation of 291 permits over non-criminal records found in the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and safeguards have been put in place to avoid future instances, gun control advocates say it highlights a bigger issue when it comes to recognizing carry permits across multiple jurisdictions.
“No state should be forced to accept another state’s concealed carry standards, let alone honor the permits of a state that cannot or has not reliably administered its permit program,” said Moms Demand Action in a statement. “But that’s the entire function of ‘concealed carry reciprocity.’”
According to Putnam’s department, Florida’s 1.9 million permits are honored to one degree or another in 36 other states across the country. Under pending national reciprocity legislation in Congress, this would be expanded to