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Putnam Admits He Granted 291 Permits without Background Checks


Immediately after Putnam’s Press Conference, Marion Hammer Defends Him

At a press conference today, Adam Putnam admitted that his department had approved concealed carry permits for 291 individuals without conducting proper background checks and were forced to revoke those permits. Those 291 individuals could have secretly packed heat in the Sunshine State by purchasing a firearm through the gun show loophole.

The presser represented the latest chapter in what has been a twenty-four hour existential crisis for the Putnam campaign. Putnam and his team have struggled to explain for nearly a day the Agriculture Department’s failure to properly conduct background checks — despite the fact that they have known about the lapse for nearly a year.

“Instead of taking responsibility and showing real leadership, Adam Putnam is trying to throw one of his employees under the bus and launch Trumpian attacks on the press. The truth matters though. Under Adam Putnam’s watch, the Department of Agriculture granted background checks to 291 people who could not pass a background check and then hid it from the people of Florida. Adam Putnam undermined public safety, misled the people of Florida and now is leaning on Marion Hammer to defend his gross negligence,” said FDP spokesperson Kevin Donohoe.

Yesterday, the Putnam campaign was unable to explain why the Agriculture department failed to conduct proper background checks. Putnam’s spokesperson did not initially deny the Tampa Bay Times’ reporting. Then, this afternoon — nearly twenty-four hours after the Tampa Bay Times published their investigation — Putnam held a press conference where he attacked the Times. Immediately after his press conference, Marion Hammer blasted an email backing up Putnam’s story.

Putnam still hasn’t answered major questions about the scandal:

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