Missouri Republicans slam revenue department, say it's feeding feds data on gun owners
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Missouri Republicans slam revenue department, say it's feeding feds data on gun owners

Date: March 7, 2013
By: Luke Lyddon
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 787

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Do you own a gun? Do you have a concealed carry permit? If you do, some Missouri lawmakers say that the state's license offices might be gathering information about you and sending it directly to a federal database.
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Wrap: Several republicans in the state Capitol say some license offices have started using new equipment from the federal Dept. of Homeland Security to process concealed carry permits. And they say that equipment is sending gun owner's information straight to federal computers.

A lawsuit has been filed in southeast Missouri to stop the practice.

And at least two lawmakers have filed bills to block it. Republican Casey Guernsey of northwest Missouri is one of them.

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Description: "The Department of Revenue shouldn't be doing this. They should be protecting the citizens of Missouri, rather than taking that information especially as it relates to people's conceal and carry permits."

The Department of Revenue which oversees the license offices, hasn't said anything yet about the accusations.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Luke Lyddon.

  

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Missouri Republicans say license offices across the state are forcing gun owners to hand over personal information that will be sent to federal officials.
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Wrap: Republican Rep. Paul Curtman of Pacific says some license offices are trying to add new photography equipment provided by the federal government.

Curtman says this new equipment collects all concealed carry permit holders personal documents and stores them in a national database.

A lawsuit has been filed in southeast Missouri to stop this practice.

Curtman says this is an issue because there are multiple violations of Missourians' constitutional rights such as a right to privacy.

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Description: "Being able to store all of us in a national database, I think it is an issue of deeply intrusive government going way too far."

Neither the state Department of Revenue nor the Governor are saying anything about the accusations.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Luke Lyddon.

 

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Some Republican lawmakers say state license offices are gathering personal information about gun owners and shipping it to federal authorities.
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Wrap: the Republicans say the license offices have been sending data about gun owners to a database of the federal Dept. of Homeland Security.

Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder says that a practice violates state law and the constitutional rights of Missourians.

He says he's been trying to meet with Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon about it. But so far he says the Governor's refused.

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Description: "We're trying to get answers from the Governor, and he is stonewalling us. He cannot hide forever, he will have to come forward and give us some answers."

Neither Nixon nor the state Department of Revenue have said anything about the situation yet.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Luke Lyddon.


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