After GOP Gun Privacy Outcry, Jay Nixon Says Missouri Won't Scan Concealed-Carry Docs

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The outrage from Missouri Republicans around alleged violations of gun owner privacy has apparently had an impact on the state's top officials.

Yesterday, Department of Revenue Director Brian Long resigned amid accusations that his agency has maintained personal records of concealed-carry permit applicants. And today, Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has announced that the state will change its policy and "no longer scan or retain" concealed-carry weapon certificates.

Why? Nixon says that maintaining these documents is "not essential."

This latest news comes after months of outrage surrounding allegations that state officials are unfairly requiring concealed-carry applicants to give over personal identification documents that Missouri then keeps on file and is possibly shipping off to the federal government.

The context of this is the concern of conservatives across the nation that gun control politicians and government officials may be working to build some sort of "gun registry."

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While Nixon has brushed the criticisms aside, saying that the state is not building some "magical database" to "mess with people," it appears that there was enough backlash that he was willing to enact a policy change:

His short press release says, in full:

Gov. Jay Nixon announced today that the Department of Revenue will no longer scan or retain certificates of qualification for Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) endorsements.

"It has been determined that the scanning and retention of concealed carry certificates are not essential to the integrity of the license issuance process," Gov. Nixon said. "We will continue to work with policymakers to ensure the security and privacy of our license issuance process."

It would appear that this could accomplish what some Republicans have asked for through proposed legislation, subpoenas, angry press releases, etc.

Not all critics, though, are satisfied.

Carl Bearden, former Republican lawmaker who ran a $400,000 ad blitz pressuring Nixon on this very issue, fired off these tweets to us right after the announcement:

Bearden, executive director of political nonprofit United for Missouri, says he wants assurance that Missouri isn't broadly collecting and maintaining personal documents.

"It's not just CCW. That happens to be the issue that brought it all about," he says. "This doesn't mean anything."

He argues that just addressing the "certificate" is not enough.

Yesterday, just after the interim department of revenue director stepped up, Republican State Senator Tom Dempsey fired off a letter, urging the state to stop scanning and retaining personal documents of Missourians, including birth certificates, Social Security cards, marriage licenses and divorce records.

Here's that letter in full:

Letter to the DOR

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ReverendLee
ReverendLee

Register every gun. They have serial numbers, use them. If I buy a gun, the serial number is filled in on a form along with my driver's license number, name, address, date of birth, height, weight, hair color, and eye color. Also included is a closeup of a test fired round. That form gets sent off to the Dept. of Revenue. If my gun is used to commit a crime, it comes back to ME. That, children, is how you stop straw man purchases and a LOT of the gun violence we're seeing. Make "responsible" gun owners RESPONSIBLE for the damage their guns cause. Register EVERY gun and EVERY gun sale. Oh yeah, and include firearms on the personal property form. More taxes to boot. Win-win-win.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

Yes, it is a violation of state law to even compile a list if CCW holders, other than information in the MULES system. Providing that information to the federal goernment for any reason is in violation of that law, and is an impeachable offense. It isn't scary that the government "doesn't" know, everyone who holds a CCW endouracement has undergone a thorough background check, submitted fingerprints, and recieved the state mandated training.

Carl Koller
Carl Koller

Is this the same Democratic party of 2008 that said the Patriot Act was a violation of privacy, which by the way is still law. The states are not servants of the Feds. Total backward logic.

Justin N Rachel Hager
Justin N Rachel Hager

Why does the US need to know this? It's everyone's right to carry a gun. This is a breach of privacy and someone should pay!

Joshua Steinmetz
Joshua Steinmetz

Wait so the US government doesn't even know who has a CC license? That's extremely frightening.

Andy Crossett
Andy Crossett

This is such BS. I think the police or FBI have the right to know who has a concealed carry permit. How do they know whether the concealed weapon is lawful? Tis is a contrived issue.

ThatsMyTattooo
ThatsMyTattooo

If you're a responsible gun owner, and don't have any intent to use a firearm nefariously, why do these folks seem to care so much that the "govt knows they have a permit"? Seems to me responsible intelligent permit carriers would have no problem with the govt having a log of this. As CCW holders, my family doesn't mind. Conspiracists are out of control crazy schizophrenic loons. 

12judges
12judges

Oh really?  "Conspiracies" like the post-Newtown rush by numerous papers and dailies across this country to out the personal information of CCW and pistol permit holders?  Or maybe you're referring to ever present effort by states and the federal government to create backdoor registration through publicly available data such as ammo purchases and private medical records.  And let's not forget the new-fangled nationwide fad of "SWATting" your neighbors and people you don't like or disagree with that has already led to 3 seperate documented cases (mostly on the E. coast) of lawful citizens having their firearms seized and confiscated for no other reason than that information conveniently happened to be publicly available.  I know...what on earth should gun owners and CCW holders have to be afraid of?

ThatsMyTattooo
ThatsMyTattooo

@12judges Surprise surprise! Another drinker of the "krazy kool-aid", or should I say TEA? As stated, RESPONSIBLE gun owners WITH NOTHING TO HIDE are NOT concerned. That includes this CCW family. If you're this concerned, then you have something to hide - it's that simple. Other than that? The only excuse they have is they suffer from paranoid schizophrenia. Yeah, that's exactly what this country needs is armed paranoid schizo's NOT on record. Only in "Amurrikaaah". Their ignorance is startling, their paranoia entertaining, their interpretation of how government actually works? Appalling. 

12judges
12judges

You are way out of line.  You have no idea who I am or what my political affiliations are and you have no basis to paint with hyperbole the legitimate concerns I've listed above.  And more so you obviously have nothing substantive to contribute after my comments above.  I am a law-abiding gun owner and CCW permit holder with nothing to hide and myself and many others like me would find your accusation appalling and self-evident of the reactionary desire to paint all gun owners and CCW holders as "schizos" (your words) in hiding just waiting to hurt others.  If you want to volunteer your personal information to the Federal government (which has nothing to do with CCW issuance or certification) be my guest.  I hope none of the concerns I listed above would happen to you but then again...you would've asked for it.

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