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Bryan Preston


March 26, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Jim Hoft and Dana Loesch have the details. Essentially, the Missouri Department of Revenue is accused of colluding with the federal Department of Homeland Security to scoop up firearms information on Missouri residents, in violation of state law.

Earlier this month Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinderheld a press conference to expose the backdoor gun registration operation in Missouri. Kinder accused the Missouri Department of Revenue of working with the Department of Homeland Security to install new hardware and software to obtain data on Missouri citizens and transfer this information to DHS and unnamed third parties. The last state senator to use his subpoena power was then state senator now Governor Jay Nixon.

The Department of Revenue denied the claims.

Yesterday, Missouri state Senator Kurt Shaefer subpoenaed the the Missouri Department of Revenue to produce all documents between the Department of Revenue and any federal agency, including but not limited to, the Department of Homeland Security or FEMA, regarding driver’s license and ID information of Missouri citizens.

At issue is what Missouri does with the information it obtains during the process to permit concealed firearm carry. The press release regarding the lawsuit that got the story rolling sheds some light on that.

Oliver [plaintiff's attorney] said Mr. Griffin [the plaintiff] went to his local Department of Motor Vehicles fee office after passing the application process for a concealed carry permit. When he refused to let DMV employees scan some of his documentation, he was denied the permit.

Oliver said Griffin acted within his rights. He said the Department of Revenue apparently installed new computer equipment to record the information as part of the federal Real ID Act of 2005.

But state laws prohibit the department from retaining and collecting these types of documents and from complying with that portion of the Real ID Act.

So he had passed through the concealed carry process, but was only denied the permit when he chose not to let the state share his information with the federal government. The federal government is not a party to state concealed carry permits, though. In Missouri, county sheriff’s determine whether an applicant is granted or denied a concealed carry permit. The unnamed third parties are just that — unnamed. Therefore, possibly unaccountable.

The subpoena calls for records of all communications between the state agency and the federal DHS and FEMA, along with the third party contractor MorphoTrust USA.

The allegation is disturbing, and begs an answer to an obvious question: If this backdoor registration is going on Missouri, is it going on in any other states?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Michigan has a similar subterfuge going with handguns. They must be "safety checked" by the local sheriff, then, of course, the record of the "safety check" is kept forever. It really amounts to handgun registration.

This kind of infringement on 2d Amendment rights has been going on forever, and will only get worse, unless we remain alert and fight every incursion that's done "for our own good".
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In NC the permit is issued through the county sheriff's office. No DMV involved, so feel pretty confident that this won't happen here unless we go back Dem, heaven forbid!
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Probably...what prevents any bureaucrat in the chain from keeping a copy of the ATF form you fill out to buy a gun? Honor, honesty, following the rules? I doubt it...if they want to build a database on who bought what, they have the means, motive, and opportunity..."against the law to keep a copy, you say? Laws are for thee, not me."
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And hence the justified suspicion on universal background checks.
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If this backdoor registration is going on Missouri, is it going on in any other states?

This is why I'm glad Wyoming did away with the permit requirement. If you otherwise qualify (no felony convictions, no mental health issues, no domestic violence history etc) you can conceal carry. No data for a bureaucrat overcome by temptation to share data.
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