The Missouri State Highway Patrol has twice turned over the entire list of Missouri concealed weapon permit holders to federal authorities, most recently in January, Sen. Kurt Schaefer said Wednesday.
Questioning in the Senate Appropriations Committee revealed that on two occasions, in November 2011 and again in January, the patrol asked for and received the full list from the state Division of Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing. Schaefer later met in his office with Col. Ron Replogle, superintendent of the patrol.
After the meeting, he said Replogle had given him sketchy details about turning over the list, enough to raise many more questions. Testimony from Department of Revenue officials revealed that the list of 185,000 names had been put online in one instance and given to the patrol on a disc in January.
I’ve been following this story for weeks and today spoke with Sen. Schaefer on my program about this issue. Earlier he stripped the Department of Revenue of their budget, around $3.5 million.
“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,” Schaefer said. “What I am told is there is no written request for that information.”
How is it that agencies who answer directly to Governor Jay Nixon were allowed to repeatedly break Missouri law unless sanctioned by the governor himself? Missouri state law prohibits the full compliance with the Real ID act, so who gave these departments the go-ahead and will Attorney General Chris Koster uphold Missouri law and take action?
This just in from Senator Schaefer’s office:
Sen. Kurt Schaefer to Hold Press Conference on Department of Revenue Investigation
JEFFERSON CITY—State Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, will host a press conference tomorrow (4-11) to discuss recent developments in the ongoing investigation of the Department of Revenue regarding the collecting and scanning of private documents.
Senator Schaefer has spearheaded the inquiry into allegations concerning the department’s unauthorized collection and sharing of protected personal information.
Who: Sen. Kurt Schaefer
What: Department of Revenue investigation
When: Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 9:45 a.m.
Where: Sen. Schaefer’s Capitol Office, Rm. 221
Questions regarding this press conference may be directed to Sen. Schaefer’s office at (573) 751-3931.
*REMINDER: Missouri is the same state that issued a report naming tea partiers, libertarians, and anyone who flew the military authorized Gadsden Flag as potential domestic terrorists.
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