Au­dit de­tails er­rors Flor­ida made in is­su­ing gun per­mits

The Bradenton Herald - - News -

The Flor­ida depart­ment that ap­proves gun per­mits and li­censes for se­cu­rity guards and pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tors had in­ad­e­quate over­sight that led to hun­dreds of per­mits is­sued in er­ror, ac­cord­ing to a state au­dit re­leased this week.

The state au­di­tor gen­eral re­port de­tails many of the prob­lems that were pre­vi­ously dis­closed by the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Con­sumer Ser­vices, but said the depart­ment un­der­stated the num­ber of con­cealed weapons per­mits that had to be re­voked.

The depart­ment pre­vi­ously re­ported that it re­voked con­cealed weapons per­mits from 291 peo­ple af­ter dis­cov­er­ing an em­ployee had failed to com­plete all of the re­quired back­ground checks.

The state au­dit said it was ac­tu­ally 310 per­mits that were re­voked and said the num­ber was mis­stated be­cause of a trans­po­si­tion er­ror.

The re­port also said the depart­ment is­sued weapons per­mits to two peo­ple who didn’t ap­ply for one.

The prob­lems with per­mit­ting be­came in is­sue dur­ing the gover­nor’s race, with Com­mis­sioner Adam Put­nam hav­ing to ex­plain the mis­takes as he was be­ing chal­lenged in the Repub­li­can pri­mary by then-U.S. Rep. Ron DeSan­tis. DeSan­tis is now the gover­nor-elect.

Put­nam’s of­fice was also ques­tioned about a sep­a­rate 2012 re­port by the depart­ment’s in­spec­tor gen­eral that de­tailed 48 employees who made mis­takes in is­su­ing per­mits, in­clud­ing ap­pli­ca­tions that weren’t even looked at be­fore per­mits were ap­proved.

The state au­dit re­leased this week made sev­eral rec­om­men­da­tions on how to im­prove the per­mit process. Depart­ment spokesman Aaron Keller said all of the rec­om­men­da­tions have been put in place or are in the process of be­ing im­ple­mented.

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