Putnam Checked Concealed Weapons Permit Process After Shooting

By: The News Service of Florida
By: The News Service of Florida

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Thursday that after the mass shooting last weekend in Tucson, Ariz., he asked for a "top to bottom review" of the process by which concealed weapons permits are granted in Florida "just to make sure people who are ineligible for a permit aren't getting one." Putnam's agency is responsible for gun permits in Florida. In the last couple of years there was an increase in applications for gun permits that Putnam said has leveled off. "The demand remains heavy but it has leveled off from the peak," in late 2008, he said. There's a three to six week wait for permits applied for by mail, so it's early to tell if there's been any increase since the shooting in Arizona Saturday that killed six people, including a 9-year-old girl and wounded Putnam's former colleague in Congress Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 17 others.


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  • by Victor Location: Live Oak on Jan 15, 2011 at 03:35 AM
    to CSmith: I have a v CWP. I used to have to wait 3 days for a gun ourchase, unless I was trading in a Handgun. Now that I have my CWP I don't have to wait to buy a gun. I know, I just got a real nice 1911 a couple months ago.
  • by innocent bystander on Jan 14, 2011 at 04:34 PM
    Imagine the uproar if everyone who voted had to pay $117, be fingerprinted, take an 8 hour course in voter education, and then hope to be approved, before casting their vote. Or maybe before attending church, you should pay a fee(tax), pass a test on religions of the world, and only carry your Bible concealed under your coat. How about search warrants? 'Sorry sir, you didn't pay the search warrant fee, so the 4th amendment doesn't apply to you.' Yeah, I know, sounds absurd. But then, I remember when having to have a permit to defend yourself sounded absurd.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 14, 2011 at 12:13 PM
    Jim - there was somebody there was a gun. He was in the drug store -- heard the Pop Pop Pop...dropped his purchase, ran to where the shots were. He was carrying! He's one of the guys who took the man down.
  • by anonymous on Jan 14, 2011 at 12:12 PM
    I already don't like Putnam. Dull thinker. Can't we elect somebody with brains for once.
  • by mike Location: tally on Jan 14, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    to csmith- No, check your laws again man. I just bought a handgun back in september and as soon as I showed them my valid CWP and paid them for the gun i walked right out with it, no waiting required in FL with a valid CWP or a trade in handgun
  • by Drinky Crow on Jan 14, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    @ csmith; wrong answer. 790.0655Purchase and delivery of handguns; mandatory waiting period; exceptions; penalties. (2)The 3-day waiting period shall not apply in the following circumstances: (a)When a handgun is being purchased by a holder of a concealed weapons permit as defined in s. 790.06.
  • by Betty Location: Perry on Jan 14, 2011 at 10:20 AM
    It don't matter what changes you make to the gun laws. If a criminal really really wants a gun he is going to break in someones house, a gun shop or borrow one from someone that is not a felon/criminal. They will do anything to get a gun if they have it in their mind to commit a crime... I agree with you also Sgt Rock..
  • by Jim Location: Tallahassee on Jan 14, 2011 at 09:54 AM
    I am glad that I have my permit. I carry a gun on me just about everywhere I go. Had I or someone like me been at the AZ incident, the outcome would have been dramatically different. I am surprised that in AZ, an open carry state, no one was there to shoot that killer. Going back to this story: I certainly WANT the authorities who issue permits to make sure the wrong people cannot get one. Moreover, if a person is looney-tunes, or leaning that way, this should be recorded in NCIC, immediately, in case they decide to go out and buy a gun (no permit is needed to buy or own a gun, which is as it should be).
  • by csmith Location: tally on Jan 14, 2011 at 09:42 AM
    Yo Anon, you still have to go through the waiting period even with a CWP. FYI
  • by mike Location: tally on Jan 14, 2011 at 09:38 AM
    the reason us CWP holders don't need to wait the 3 day wait is that we already own and carry a handgun. Why would we need to wait a "cooling off" period if we already have a gun? It's just like how you don't need to wait the 3 day wait if you are trading in a handgun on a new handgun purchace. as for the police thing...I agree, it's kinda stupid. cops shouldn't have to wait the 3 days either. what is needed is a better system to flag individuals with mental health problems, so that when they try to buy a gun it triggers a red flag in the system and prevents the gun sale. Right now the system is very deficient, it misses things that should not be missed
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