Florida did not run FBI background checks on thousands of Concealed Weapons Permits. Their reason? One of their employees, More specifically the one in charge of running the checks FORGOT the login. Because You know that’s a great excuse not to do your job…
Many proponents of the Second Amendment rely on the existing set of laws and regulations to help keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them. Yet these laws can break down, as they did recently when one state issued concealed carry permits even though an employee had stopped checking applicants’ criminal histories.
“For over a year, Florida allowed citizens to obtain concealed weapon permits without a background check because an employee couldn’t log in to a national database that tracked people deemed unfit to own weapons in other states, a previously unreported government investigation has revealed,” The Huffington Post writes.
The problem reportedly began in February of 2016. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services “stopped using an FBI crime database because an employee in charge of background checks could not log in to the system,” HP writes.
The National Instant Criminal Background Check System is a crucial step in concealed carry applications, and in gun purchases. Anyone with a criminal history or documented mental illness is supposed to be in this system.
In March of 2017, the problem was corrected. The state agriculture department’s Office of Inspector General conducted an investigation. An employee, Lisa Wilde, was identified as the one responsible.
“I dropped the ball ― I know I did that, I should have been doing it and I didn’t,” Wilde said.
Just how many applications made it through without the required check? Estimates run in the tens of thousands.
“When questioned by investigators, Wilde looked ‘bewildered, and stated: I had a login issue and never followed up,’ the investigative report says.”
“The integrity of our department’s licensing program is our highest priority,” Aaron Keller, a department spokesman, told reporters. “As soon as we learned that one employee failed to review applicants’ non-criminal disqualifying information, we immediately terminated the employee, thoroughly reviewed every application potentially impacted, and implemented safeguards to prevent this from happening again.”
Reached for comment, Putnam told HuffPost…