Putnam waives fees to replace lost weapon permits

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is waiving replacement fees for concealed-weapon permits and security-guard licenses lost or destroyed because of Hurricane Irma.

“Hurricane Irma devastated Florida, and the last thing someone needs to worry about is paying a fee to have their concealed weapon license or security guard license replaced,” Putnam, a Republican who is running for governor, said in a news release announcing the fee waiver Friday.

People requesting the replacements must submit notarized statements to Putnam's Tallahassee office “explaining that their license was lost, damaged or stolen,” the release said.

Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys and Southwest Florida on Sunday and caused massive flooding in the Jacksonville and interior regions of the state.

Putnam, an avid gun-rights advocate, has made it easier to apply for concealed-weapon permits, and the number of permits in Florida has steadily climbed during his tenure as agriculture commissioner.

More than 1.8 million concealed-weapon permits are now active in the state, more than double the number when Putnam took office in 2011.