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Feds Secretly Asked For — And Secretly Got — List Of Every Concealed Carry Resident In Missouri

April 12, 2013 by  

Feds Secretly Asked For — And Secretly Got — List Of Every Concealed Carry Resident In Missouri
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A report in the Columbia Daily Tribune has uncovered two instances in the past 16 months of Missouri State Police handing over to the Federal government a database that shares the identity of every registered concealed carry permit holder in the State.

They did it without notifying any of the permit holders, and they did it in violation of the law. In Missouri, residents’ concealed carry permit information is stored along with their driver license records; and Missouri law doesn’t allow even the State police to pull more than one resident’s information at a time — and certainly not en masse.

According to the Tribune’s report, 185,000 Missourians can now thank their State police for being known to the Feds as concealed carry owners of firearms — if they ever even learn their information was handed over freely. Not everybody reads the papers.

Missouri State Senator Kurt Schaeffer discovered the data dump after repeatedly quizzing revenue officials as part of a wider investigation into a new driver licensing system. Although an outraged Schaeffer has pledged to grill police officials about why they shared the information, no one has seen a written record that traces the Feds’ request for it back to the source.

Schaeffer told the Tribune the information appeared to have been requested by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, so that the agency could see which of its beneficiaries with mental diagnoses also had concealed carry permits.

That’s abhorrent, said Schaeffer:

When they turn over the entire list of concealed carry holders in the state of Missouri to the federal government, where is it going? I want to know who all was involved in this transaction because if this is just some phone call saying give me the list of all concealed carry holders, how did the person at the patrol who fulfilled that request know who was at the other end of the phone? How did they know where to send it? How did they know what it was being used for?

Before the list reached the Feds, it had to pass through the hands of State police officials. The driver licensing database where the names are stored isn’t supposed to be configured in such a way that all the names can be extracted and subsequently copied, all at once, in a single “batch.” But, admitted a State police official, that’s exactly what happened — and it wasn’t an accident. It happened twice, “for law enforcement investigative purposes,” as a police captain admitted to the newspaper.

“Now we know… the department is actively and purposefully concealing that information from us,” observed State Senator Joseph Schaaf.

If it’s a crime in Missouri to disclose the names of concealed weapons permit holders, then who inside the public safety office or the department of revenue or any other State agency with potential access to these names is likely to face any criminal reprimand? Or are government officials immune from perpetrating crimes against their constituents?

Just ask supposed “hacker” and private citizen Aaron Swartz, whom the Feds harangued with a prosecution that would have led to decades’ worth of prison time.

Why? For using computers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to download millions of academic articles from a nonprofit database service. There was never a clear-cut crime prosecutors could hang on Swartz; he hadn’t culled any personal information, and he hadn’t stolen anything. He sure as heck hadn’t betrayed the trust of 185,000 individuals whose Constitutional powers he’d agreed to protect.

Swartz is dead, by the way, having hanged himself before his Federal trial. But imagine if Swartz had accessed the Missouri database and given these gun owners’ names away — even to a government agency — surreptitiously. Would he just get away with a strong talking to? Would you?

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • jdn

    Concealed Carry permits are just a tax and registration so you can exercise your second amendment rights . The feds will get any and all information they want no matter what any law says . They are the law and none applies to them .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001413966513 Ted Whalen

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  • 010sonny

    His article is about as callow as new born sophomore. All gun registrations are tabulated by the Federal Government. That’s how its always has been and will continue to do so.
    Now this child like “Oh, Oh secretly” is more in line with the old days of Puff The Magic Dragon in the land of Honee Lee. Take the “Q” and put away your toys and thinking like a child. You serve to render this thread to some sort of tabloid infatuations.
    Now this child like “Oh, Oh secretly” is more in line with the old days of Puff The Magic Dragon in the land of Honee Lee. Take the “Q” and put away your toys and thinking like a child. You serve to render this thread to some sort of tabloid infatuations.

    • momo

      ” All gun registrations are tabulated by the Federal Government”
      That’s true, but concealed carry permits are issued by the states, and that’s the info the feds were asking for.

      • Lisa Smith

        That is not true they are tabulated by the state you reside in. I know this because my father has a gun shop, when background checks are done it goes through the state agency. The ATF requires the FFL (gun dealer) to keep meticulous records. If a weapon that is used in a crime comes back to his FFL, then a warrant is served for the record of that weapon (which is traced back by serial number to his FFL because he purchased it from a manufacturer) he then has to produce the record of the individual who purchased the weapon for the police. AFT came into his shop for updated training a couple of months ago and he asked about registration. If they require gun registration he will have to enter everything into a system that the government provides. Currently they do not have a way to track the background checks.

  • ONTIME

    All of those public officials involved in handing over that information should be prosecuted and jailed for disobeying their oath of office to serve and protect…privacy and the right to it are what these people have made into a myth.

  • mattogilvie55

    To all real residents of Missouri (leftwingers, this comment is not for you, as you are not even human beings): The Missouri State Police have now officially declared themselves your enemy. Treat them as such from now on. Do not support them in any way, ignore their directives and commands, openly defy them. They no longer deserve your respect.

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