Guns: After Firearm Privacy Lawsuit, Missouri Senate Wants Proof There's No State Conspiracy

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Is the Missouri Department of Revenue purposely tracking information about gun owners and sending documents off to the federal government or a private company? That's a question that Republican lawmakers in the state still seem to be asking this week after a resident hoping to get a concealed carry permit filed a lawsuit earlier this month alleging that the state was violating his privacy in the application process.

The latest GOP action in response, and perhaps the most aggressive, comes in the form of a subpoena from the Missouri Senate asking the state Department of Revenue to hand over all records regarding policy changes in driver's licenses and other identification documents. This demand, on view below, doesn't explicitly mention firearms, though is directed at the questions raised by the lawsuit.

What do the concerned lawmakers think they might find?

The allegations in the lawsuit -- which is aimed only at officials in Stoddard County (but has raised wide-ranging concerns about state policy) -- are that a "fee office agent" told resident Eric Griffin that on behalf of the revenue department, he was required to have his entire permit application scanned into the office's system. That includes his birth certificate, residency documents, utility bills, etc.

From there, lawmakers began questioning whether there was some sort of policy change through which the state was sending personal information outside of Missouri -- to a private company, perhaps, or to the federal government.

With all the heated talk of gun control in Missouri and beyond, some Republicans said they were concerned about any potential unfair targeting of law-abiding gun owners. In response, House Republicans drafted a bill that would officially ban the department from tracking personal information and would require that they destroy any such documents if they have already collected them.

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Example of concealed-carry endorsement in Missouri.

State officials have testified that they are not sending personal records anywhere.

Not satisfied with this testimony, senators, via this subpoena, are demanding a broad range of documents from the department that could shed some light on any potential conspiracy here.

Daily RFT got a copy of the subpoena yesterday, which has an April 2 deadline for the department to respond. It says officials must produce:

All documents between the Department of Revenue and any federal agency, including but not limited to, the Department of Homeland Security or FEMA, regarding changes in procedures for the issuance of Missouri driver's licenses or non-driver identification cards....

All documents between the Department of Revenue and any Missouri or other state agency regarding changes in procedures for the issuance of Missouri driver's licenses or non-driver identification cards....

And on and on.

A spokesman for the department did not respond to requests for comment yesterday from Daily RFT.

Here's the full subpoena.


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Nathan Ernst
Nathan Ernst

Conspiracy theory, Tim? Google DHS Ammo Purchase.

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Prove unicorns don't exist for me while you are at it.

Timothy Rich
Timothy Rich

Yes, please spend more time on ridiculous conspiracy theories that encourage Missouri to be the butt of jokes.


The funny thing is the very next article that comes out above this one is a guy stopping on the highway to start shooting at strangers.  

Sorry kids, but I think gun ownership SHOULD be tracked to make sure nutbags do not get them.  Yet the GOP/NRA would prefer to give guns away for free to anyone than actually do real background checks and tracking where these guns are going.


Sorry drpepper, but how exactly would gun tracking/registration have stopped the guy in the next article from "having an urge" to shoot?  Firsty you don't know if the gun he had was illegal or not.  And if it was legal how would tracking/registration have kept him from getting it anyway.  How WOULD ANY KNOWN SYSTEM YET DEVISED BY HUMANS have been able to detect a seemingly normal person would at some later date snap and "have an urge" to start shooting.  The answer to your question is such a system would DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING except make it easier for government (and people like yourself) to arbitrarily and vindictively seize firearms from people that don't fit the politically correct character.  Don't confuse tracking/registration with background checks and fyi, the NRA/GOP aren't giving guns away to anyone.  Try not to parrot the anti's talking points so much...they're so obvious.

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