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Florida failed to vet checks to carry arms

AFPWASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — The U.S. state of Florida went more than a year without conducting national background checks on thousands of applications to carry concealed weapons, potentially granting some criminals the legal right to carry hidden side arms, according to a report.

An investigation by the inspector general of the state’s Agriculture Department, which issues such permits, found that it had stopped using an FBI crime database from February 2016 to March 2017 because an employee had forgotten a password needed to log into the system, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

During that period — which covered the June 12, 2016, nightclub shooting in Orlando that killed 50 people — the state saw an “unprecedented spike” in applications for concealed weapons permits, the newspaper said.Speech

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