Gun permits were revoked from hundreds of Florida residents after the state's agricultural commissioner said that a "deceitful" employee was unable to log in to the background check system.

The state failed to conduct national background checks on tens of thousands of permit applications because of the error for more than a year, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

In a statement, Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam said that 291 gun licenses were ultimately revoked from state residents.


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The employee responsible for the lapse was fired, according to News 6 in Orlando.

"The problem went unresolved until discovered by another worker in March 2017 — meaning that for more than a year applications got approved without the required background check," the Times reported.

Putnam is running for Florida governor with a campaign that touts his expansion of concealed carry permits.

More than 1.9 million people are licensed to carry concealed weapons in Florida.


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