Have a conceal-carry license in Missouri? Chances are, the feds now know who you are. At least 185,000 people were affected after the full list of conceal-carry owners was turned over the federal authorities — twice.
"Apparently from what I understand, they wanted to match up anyone who had a mental diagnosis or disability with also having a concealed carry license," the Columbia Daily Tribune reports Republican state Sen. Kurt Schaefer as saying. "What I am told is there is no written request for that information."
The Daily Tribune notes that under Missouri law, the names of concealed weapon permit holders are confidential and that such information is supposed to be found only with the state's driver's license records.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has confirmed that the information was given to federal authorities.
"The information was provided to law enforcement for law enforcement investigative purposes," Capt. Tim Hull wrote in an email response to questions from the the Daily Tribune.
"When they turn over the entire list of concealed carry holders in the state of Missouri to the federal government, where is it going?" Mr. Schaefer asked. "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?"
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