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$400,000 Ad Blitz Asks Missouri, Jay Nixon to Stop Sending Gun Owner Data to Obama

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Governor Jay Nixon at a recent press event.
The allegations that Missouri officials are sending private gun owner information off to the federal government has hit the airwaves this week -- with a $400,000 ad blitz directly targeting Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat.

This radio and television ad campaign, which launched yesterday, comes less than a week after a judge said that there was only "hearsay evidence" that the Missouri Department of Revenue was sending records to the feds.

But that's not stopping critics of the department, who are now directly going after Nixon.

"The people in Missouri deserve better," says Carl Bearden, executive director of United for Missouri, which launched the ad blitz. "We need some accountability."

United for Missouri, a political nonprofit run by Bearden, a former Republican lawmaker in state, has also launched wrongwayjay.com to pressure the Nixon administration to address this controversy around the Department of Revenue.

The debate was sparked by a lawsuit from a private citizen who alleged last month that a change in state policy around the issuing of licenses meant he had to let officials scan his personal information into a system when he was applying for a concealed-carry permit. He and his attorneys argue this is illegal and a violation of privacy.

While that suit is somewhat narrow, Republican officials across the state have since raised broad questions about whether the state is storing and sending personal records to places outside of Missouri. They've applied pressure with hearings, proposed legislation, subpoenas and more. The Department of Revenue has testified that it is not sending anything to the feds, but that has not quieted critics.

Now, Missouri residents will hear about this in the form of short television and radio ads. Here's one spot, which directly alleges that Nixon has failed to stop Missouri officials from sending gun owner information to the "Obama administration."

Continue for more of our interview with Carl Bearden and for Governor Nixon's response.



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oopsydoopsy
oopsydoopsy

I'm glad to see some in Missouri see thru these crazy ads.

kcponte
kcponte

I don't know about the rest of you but I have never had to report whether I had a gun or not when I paid my taxes.  Where do they dig up these lunatics?  Oh never mind, I know.  The Koch Brothers have deep pockets and they are the ones that keep the country scared so spreading a little more fear of the Democrats is just another days work for them.     

Thomas Thale
Thomas Thale

Is he crazy??? $400,000, oh well at least the state has plenty of money for whatever they want. oh we don't, then he is not only crazy but wasting our needed money.

megarock
megarock

"he had to let officials scan his personal information into a system when he was applying for a concealed-carry permit."

Well gee moron, they do that when you apply for a drivers license too. Just goes to show how dumb some of these gun nuts are. Same people who support the Republican party, same people who supported the Patriot Act, same people who supported tapping our phone calls, intercepting our communications, checking what library books we check out, sticking their hands up our innards at airports...

BUT GOD NO WE CAN'T GIVE UP OUR PERSONAL INFORMATION FOR A PERMIT TO HIDE A GUN ON OUR BODIES.

Trust me, I'll NEVER EVER VOTE REPUBLICAN AGAIN because these fruitcakes need to be put in their place. Hard to do in this ass backwards redneck GOP state but slowly and surely their type are dwindling and people with an actual brain are outnumbering them.

Peggy Keller
Peggy Keller

Did you even read about this? This is based purely on a rumor that some fee agent at a DMV told some guy. The judge has already said there is no evidence to it. The Governor has said it's not true and the people at the DMV etc have been subpoenaed to turn over any information to see if there is a shred of truth to it, but as of right now, it's a total lie. What the hell is wrong with you that you don't understand this guy is spending nearly half a million dollars on an ad campaign that's full of crap. You sound like a dimwit and you are why he is blowing all this money. So people like you who don't bother to investigate will go on social media and cry about something that's already in the system and is being looked at. It's fear mongering for the stupid. Congratulations, it worked on you.

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

There is no evidence that info is being transferred to the Federal Government.

Bart Cohn
Bart Cohn

His last big fight was convincing the GOP controlled Missouri legislature to overturn the voter approved puppy mill law.

Peggy Keller
Peggy Keller

What a complete waste of money. The least he could have done is wait until he had something valid to go on.

Windel Mathes
Windel Mathes

If the state has information, of course it's going to share it with the federal government.... Ad campaigns like this are made to instill fear...

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

Contributions, NRA, gun and ammo manu's, but I guess corporations are people now so.....?

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

Keeping them delusional and paranoid, 1 dollar at a time!!!!!!

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