Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Putnam's office responds to Tampa Bay Times report

Putnam's office responds to Tampa Bay Times report

"I know I did that", she said. The state saw 134,000 requests in the fiscal year ending in June 2015, followed by an unprecedented 245,000 applications in 2016 and 275,000 in 2017.

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.

"Wilde characterized her failure as negligent, and agreed it could cause an embarrassment to the agency", the report says.

The Times interviewed the employee, Lisa Wilde, who told them she was working in the mailroom when she was given oversight of the database in 2013.

After a newspaper report published Friday revealed that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for more than a yearlong period stopped using a federal background check database in its concealed carry permits approval process, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam released a statement explaining his department took key steps to correct the issue once it was discovered, and that only a few hundred approved permits doled out during the gap would've actually required the use of the federal database.

In July 2017, just a few months after the database login issue was reportedly fixed, Putnam tweeted in response to accusations that he was a pawn of the NRA, claiming he was "proud" of the hashtagged #NRASellout moniker and inviting his supporters to join him in labeling themselves as such.

"Career politicians like Mr. Putnam think this is just another bad day at the office - but when you hide a level of negligence that endangers every resident, and every child, in Florida, you forfeit any moral right to lead", said former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, one of the Democratic candidates running for governor.

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"Shockingly irresponsible - for over a year, #FL failed to run proper background checks for concealed carry permits". This is unacceptable & could have put many Floridians in life-threatening danger, " a Twitter user wrote.

Putnam is now in the running to be Florida's next governor.

Putnam is running for governor and has pushed to make it easier for people to get a concealed weapons permit.

About 350,000 people applied for a concealed weapon license during the period in question, the department said.

When the department completed the full background checks with information from the NICS system on the 365 applications she failed to review, 291 licenses were ultimately revoked.

That's particularly damning since Putnam, in effect Florida's gun czar, campaigned on a determination to speed up concealed carry applications. 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. While 54,045 new applications were filed in June and July a year before the massacre, that number rose by almost 24,000 for the same two months in 2016.

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