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Performance Audit of the Concealed Weapon Licensing Program of the Department of State , Report No. 94-02, September 1994

  • Because county sheriffs' background investigations provide generally the same information as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, eliminating the sheriff's participation would avoid duplication and save Program funds. The Department paid county sheriffs approximately $900,000 in fiscal year 1993-94 to conduct criminal history checks.
  • The Department relies on applicants to self-report whether they have been adjudicated incapacitated or committed for treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse, or mental illness. The Department could obtain more reliable information by using a Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles data base containing information on individuals adjudicated incapacitated. License applicants are also not required to provide waivers authorizing access to non-public treatment information.
  • The statutes do not specify the level of firearms safety training license applicants must complete. Establishing minimum training standards would help ensure the safety of license-holders and the public.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of State

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 00-22   Justification Review: Licensing Program Is Performing Well; Operations and Service Can Be Improved, published in December 2000.

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