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Florida Commissioner: No More Lapses in Background Checks

Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for governor, defended himself against critics who say he should resign over a lapse in checks

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    Florida Stopped Doing Gun Permit Checks for More Than a Year

    For more than a year Florida failed to do national background checks on people applying for concealed weapons permits.

    (Published Friday, June 8, 2018)

    Florida's agriculture commissioner promises his office will never again fail to do follow-up on certain national background checks that could disqualify people from gaining permits to carry concealed weapons.

    Adam Putnam held a news conference on Saturday in Sun City Center, Florida, to Adam Putnam, a Republican candidate for governor, defended himself against critics who say he should resign because of a lapse in checks Putnam is a Republican candidate for governor.

    The commissioner says "more seamless" communication between his agency and law enforcement, and "extra eyeballs," are in place to make sure the incident never happens again.

    He says a department employee failed to make follow-up inquiries into 365 applicants who were flagged for noncriminal reasons during three background checks from February 2016 to March 2017.

    DHS Secretary Defends Practice of Separating Families at Border

    [NATL] DHS Secretary Defends Practice of Separating Families at Border

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the practice of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that her department is merely following laws. Speaking at a White House briefing Monday, Nielsen said the issue has been growing for years, the product of loopholes that have created an open border.

    (Published Monday, June 18, 2018)

    The state revoked 291 permits and fired the employee.