Concealed Carry: Florida Did Not Do NIC Background Checks for a Year [video]

Concealed Carry: Florida Did Not Do NIC Background Checks for a Year [video]

Concealed Carry: Florida Did Not Do NIC Background Checks for a Year [video]

Let’s add more laws so the government can ignore those too. A Florida IG report from 2017 states that the Florida Department of Agriculture failed to check the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for those applying for concealed carry permits from February 2016 to March 2017. The reason: the employee put in charge of doing the job “dropped the ball.” The employee has since been fired. Problem solved?

 

In her interview with investigators, [the employee] acknowledged she “dropped the ball.”

“I know I did that,” [she] said. “I should have been doing it and I didn’t.”

Yet on Friday, [she] told the Times she had been working in the mailroom when she was given oversight of the database in 2013.

“I didn’t understand why I was put in charge of it.”

The department needs to dig a little deeper for accountability. Where does the buck stop? As it turns out, the current Agriculture Commissioner, Adam Putnam, was the man at the top when the employee failed to access the NIC background check system due to a “lost password.” Putnam is also currently running in the GOP gubernatorial race against Trump-backed U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis. Likely, more than 100,000 applicants were not properly reviewed. During this time 186,182 permits were approved, but it also means that those with disqualifying criminal convictions and mental conditions may have been able to purchase firearms. Putnam’s office stated that when the problem was discovered all applications were reviewed.

“Upon discovery of this former employee’s negligence in not conducting the further review required on 365 applications, we immediately completed full background checks on those 365 applications, which resulted in 291 revocations,” Putnam said in the statement.

“To be clear, a criminal background investigation was completed on every single application,” Putnam stated. “The former employee was both deceitful and negligent, and we immediately launched an investigation and implemented safeguards to ensure this never happens again.”

Until now, Putnam was only attacked as being soft on guns from the Democrat side, and being hammered with being too cozy with the NRA.

He is also campaigning on making concealed carry permits more accessible – not a good look considering that his poor supervision already accomplished that goal. This is a perfectly terrible storm for Putnam, with Florida experiencing two of the worst mass shootings we have seen in recent years. Even though he doesn’t show much appreciation for the substandard way he ran his agriculture office, he should show some humility and close up shop on this election. The GOP should not entertain having this man as the nominee for governor in a state where government incompetence is the first thing we think of, instead of Disney World.

 

 

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  • parker says:

    WTF? Bureaucracy at its finest.

  • […] Victory GirlsLet’s add more laws so the government can ignore those too. A Florida IG report from 2017 states that the Florida Department of Agriculture failed to check the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for those applying for concealed carry permits from February 2016 to March 2017. The reason: the employee put in charge of doing the job “dropped the ball.” The employee has since been fired. Problem solved?Wow. What exactly can you say about this? You can't trust government to do anything right. We've seen, over and over, that you can't trust the government to protect you. Even when enforcing the laws they pass and are paid to enforce, they screw up, and they fail. In the face of that awareness, you have two choices. You can make arrangements to protect yourself as best you can, within the law that you will be expected to obey. Or, you can trust that the government will protect you by making sure criminals do not have any dangerous objects with which they can hurt you, and by yourself refusing to own any such dangerous objects. But you can only choose for yourself. It is only your own behavior that you control. You can give up on weapons and self defense personally — but you can't make the government enforce those laws on criminals, and you can't make the criminals themselves obey the law. That makes the answer obvious. […]

  • Scott says:

    Just saw an update on this, the original article was so misleading that the reporter is either an idiot, or was just doing a hit piece on Putnam.
    From TAH:
    1. The Florida concealed carry process requires that three databases be checked before a concealed carry permit is issued. Two of them are criminal history databases: Florida Crime Information Center database (FCIC) and the National Crime Information Center database (NCIC). The third is the Federal firearms disqualification database, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

    2. During the period in question – February 2016 to March 2017 – 349,923 applications for a concealed carry permit were submitted in Florida. The two criminal databases, FCIC and NCIC, were checked in all cases.

    3. In 365 cases, NCIS was not checked. A single Florida employee was responsible for performing these 365 checks, but failed to do so. Permits were issued in these cases which might have been invalid. In the other 349,558 cases, all 3 required databases were indeed checked.

    4. When the matter was discovered, all 365 suspect cases were audited. A total of 291 of those cases were found on investigation to be problematic; the concealed carry permits for those 291 cases were revoked.

    5. The employee who failed to perform their duties in the 365 cases in question no longer works there. Other reporting indicates they were fired, presumably for cause.

    Now, the fact that 291 out of 365 were revoked makes me wonder about the employee who failed to do those checks.. that is an exponentially higher rate than normal, which would suggest that the employee had a motive for not checking those apps.. I would hope that LE is looking into the finances of this ex-employee…

  • GWB says:

    a state where government incompetence is the first thing we think of
    Ummmm, it’s ONE of the first things…. I’m guessing “Florida Man” is the first thing we think of.

    But, egad, what a perfect storm of “This is why we believe in limited government, people!”

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