Guns: GOP Pushes To Make Concealed-Carry Permit Process Easier, Protect Privacy

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Missouri Republicans are pushing forward with a privacy bill to block the state from maintaining personal records -- and in the process have introduced an amendment that supporters say will make it easier to get concealed-carry permits.

That proposal from State Senator Ed Emery would eliminate the state department of revenue from the concealed-carry permit process, leaving the endorsements entirely to local sheriff's offices.

"It was a burden to people's Second Amendment rights," Josh Foster, Emery's chief of staff, tells Daily RFT. "It's just an attempt to relieve that burden to a constitutional protection."

The Senate on Tuesday gave initial approval to Senate Bill 252, which bans the department of revenue from retaining copies of source documents used to obtain driver's licenses and other forms of identification. The bill, which include's Emery's amendment, has another vote today and could then head to the House.

That proposal was inspired by a lawsuit earlier this year from a Stoddard County resident who alleged that the state tried to scan his personal documents when he was applying for a concealed-carry endorsement.

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State Senator Ed Emery.

That ongoing legal battle sparked an avalanche of opposition from Missouri Republicans, who say they are worried the state is sending off information about gun owners to the feds and violating their privacy by even maintaining these records in the first place. The proposed legislation, on view below, orders the state to stop keeping these records -- and destroy any if they have in the past.

(The state has repeatedly denied allegations that it is sending anything out of Missouru, and when pressed on the matter, Governor Jay Nixon recently said the state wasn't trying "to mess with people" by building "a magical database.")

Emery's amendment to the bill sponsored by State Senator Will Kraus gets rid of the final step in the process of getting a concealed-carry endorsement, which his office argues would be a win-win.

"It alleviates...the privacy concerns that many concealed-carry holders have with giving their information and having it scanned," Foster says. "We see this as a simple fix."

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

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Couch Pig
Couch Pig

yes the chinese are coming and the muslims own all the 7-11s

Shannon Marfell Doza
Shannon Marfell Doza

Also, DOR does not approve anything. They just take your picture and print a non-driver's ID.

Shannon Marfell Doza
Shannon Marfell Doza

They just want to eliminate a trip to the license office. DOR was not responsible with sensitive information, and it already takes two visits to the sheriff's office.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

All other current requirements will be followed.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

According to this article, the only change they are seeking is that permits are issued directly by the county sheriffs that authorize them, rather than the further step of the DMV issuing the actual ID card.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

Kenneth, you do prove you can handle a weapon safely under current requirements. There is a range session, where you must demonstrate proficiency in safe weapon handling and use.

Kenneth Lee M
Kenneth Lee M

Should be harder to get a ccw, prove that you want this ... That you are responsible and mature enough to handle ... Most importantly - you can handle a weapon safely!

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

The difference is that no one freaks out and calls the police for a man with a gun report. The vast majority of CCW holders walk silently among others unnoticed.

Jess Horsley
Jess Horsley

there's a difference between carrying concealed and having a six-shooter strapped to your hip. Think about it...

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

Having a permit is a concession to the anti-gun political crowd. You should need no permit to exercise your 2nd amendment right. Remember this when you complain that some want you to show an ID to exercise your right to vote.

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