Commissioner defends departments concealed weapons licensing

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TALLAHASSEE, FL (AP) - Agriculture commissioner, and candidate governor Adam Putnam is defending his department's breakdown in reviewing background checks for those seeking concealed weapons licenses.

Putnam says his agency acted properly after learning it had failed for more than a year to conduct background checks.

An office of Inspector general report shows that between February 2016 and March 2017, the department did not access an FBI crime database because an employee was unable to log into the system. 

Because of this, enhanced background checks were not done on 365 applications.

Of those, 291 permits were later revoked once the proper checks were done.

Putnam says, "If any of the 291 had committed a crime, while in possession of that CWL, we would have been made aware of that, because depending on the crime, they would have had to have that revoked."

He also says his immediate focus is on making sure the mistake does not happen again.

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