Florida's Concealed Carry Permitting System is a Mess

Jim Turner of the News Service of Florida reported on the results of an audit of Florida’s Concealed Carry permitting, currently being conducted by the Department of Agriculture:

In the audit released Wednesday, [state Auditor General Sherrill] Norman noted that managers in the division responsible for issuing the licenses indicated their process was to verbally reprimand a contracted employee who had been the subject of a “management report” and to terminate the contracted employee for a second offense.

But that wasn’t the agency’s practice, according to the report.

In some cases, it took more than two months for the contracted employees to be fired, the auditors found.

“Our examination of the 15 selected management reports found that 3 contracted employees appeared on management reports flagging issues with the processing of 9 approved concealed weapon license applications,” the report states. “The reported issues included, for example, a contracted employee’s failure to review the applicant’s State and National criminal history information.”

Sen. Lauren Book (D) has filed legislation that would take the permitting process out of the Department of Agriculture and reassign it to the Department of Law Enforcement. The bill, SB 108, has been added to LEAP Forward’s database and I will be grading action in support of this legislation.