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Guns: GOP Wants Missouri to Destroy Personal Documents Tied to Concealed Carry Permits

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Representative Todd Richardson
Last week, we wrote about a lawsuit from a Stoddard County resident who was concerned that the Missouri Department of Revenue was violating his privacy by keeping records of his personal information when he went to apply for a concealed carry permit.

Now, a group of Republican lawmakers say they are worried the state could be broadly tracking personal information -- and they've filed a new bill banning officials from keeping copies of documents used to obtain licenses. And if the state has kept these records, they must destroy the documents, the proposal says.

It's a different kind of gun legislation than the proposals making headlines so far this year -- but it's got support from some high-ranking members of the state GOP.

House Bill 787, filed last week, doesn't explicitly mention guns, but does seem to be a direct response to the attention around the Stoddard lawsuit.

As written, the bill "prohibits the Department of Revenue from retaining copies of source documents used to obtain driver's licenses and nondriver's licenses." More specifically:

The department of revenue shall not use technology to capture digital images of source documents so that the images are capable of being retained in electronic storage in a transferable format.

By September 11, 2013, the department of revenue shall securely destroy so as to make irretrievable any source documents that have been obtained from driver's license or nondriver's license applicants.

Daily RFT left a message with the bill's sponsor, Representative Todd Richardson, a Republican, last week. He tells the Post-Dispatch that the legislation is aimed at protecting individuals' privacy.

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House Speaker Tim Jones is also a co-sponsor, and as we reported last week, the lawsuit that sparked this debate has the support of Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder. In addition to the legislation, Republican Representative Jay Barnes has also sent a letter to several state agencies requesting copies of all rules and policies related to the copy and transfer of personal information of those seeking licenses and concealed carry permits, the P-D reports.

Continue for more details on the proposal and the full draft legislation.


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16 comments
45.acp
45.acp

Missouri GOP is just doing all it can to stop Imam Obama's unconstitutional gun grab. Destroying those records will stop this invasion of privacy of law abiding citizens.

Joyce Boswell
Joyce Boswell

Oh. I thought when my husband got a ccp he had an FBI check. Maybe my mistake.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

So then what they are really after is to throw out doing background checks all together.  Yeah, that will fix things, not bothering to look into the person who is trying to get a gun.  Who cares if he is a known felon or just insane when everyone should have a gun.

One day maybe the GOP/NRA will figure out just how moronic they are.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

Joyce, the background check is done by the local, county and state police. DOR has no need to 'check' or retain any documentation on gun permits.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

Fact is, under current state laws, it is illegal to maintain a record of gun owners in MO.

Christopher Harrison
Christopher Harrison

Also, where'd you get that "Firearms Permit" picture? Missouri doesn't issue a document that looks anything like that. Why didn't you just use a picture of an actual Missouri document?

Christopher Harrison
Christopher Harrison

I'm not a fan of your headline, or the text above your link here on FB. The bill would prevent the DOR - or it's local offices, most of which are operated by folks who don't work for the state at all - from retaining the suporting documents after issuing any sort of identifying document (Driver's License, non-driver's ID, or Concealed Carry permit.). There is no reason for the DOR to need these documents after the permit is issued, and allowing contract offices to keep them is inviting an eventual loss of that data. For the prior commenters here, this has nothing to do with background checks, nor does the story say anything that implies it is.

Joyce Boswell
Joyce Boswell

If they want a permit why complain about the background check. They know before applying about the background check.

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

yes, the reason is it's none of the goverments beeswax!

Jay Vines
Jay Vines

Check their criminal records. There is a reason why these guntards do not want any records......

myks
myks

@smdrpepper This has nothing to do with background checks. This is about protecting the privacy of law abiding citizens who have already passed a background check.

myks
myks

@smdrpepper @45.acp @myks Wrong, this is all about privacy. This is not in any way part of the firearm purchasing process. This is a license to carry a firearm already purchased through legal means with the currently enacted background check.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

@45.acp @myks @smdrpepper This has nothing to do with privacy but making sure firearms do not fall into the wrong hands.  Constantly yelling about privacy is a red herring and what they are after is outlawing ANY background checks.  As it is, those background checks are destroyed after a day as is, making it IMPOSSIBLE to correct any mistakes that are made.  It takes longer to get a drivers license than it takes to get a gun.  

It is not about privacy but the safety of everyone around those who own guns, which I do own.  And in the time it has taken for me to amass my collection, I have seen people who really shouldnt be allowed to handle a fork, let alone a gun.

Stop whining about having to show paperwork to get something that can AND DOES kill people.

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