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Missouri Police Gave Gun Permit Data To Feds

From Missouri’s Columbia Daily Tribune:

Highway patrol gave feds Missouri weapon permits data

List was sent out two times.

By Rudi Keller | April 11, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s database of concealed weapon permits was twice given to federal authorities investigating Social Security disability fraud in a move that has enraged lawmakers already angry over potential abuses in a new driver’s licensing system.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Col. Ron Replogle was questioned for nearly an hour this morning by the Senate Appropriations Committee after he revealed to Chairman Kurt Schaefer yesterday that his agency had turned over the data…

In November 2011 and again in January, Replogle said, an agent of the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General received discs with the data. Each time, the agent was unable to read the encryption format and destroyed the discs, Replogle said…

And we believe them, too.

The intention was to cross-check the names on the concealed carry list with the agency’s list of those with disabilities attributed to mental illness to find possible evidence of fraud in the system.

Really? Is the thinking that people with mental illness should not be able to drive a car?

(Which could make sense. Maybe states should start requiring mental health background checks before allowing anyone to drive a car, too. After all, isn’t a car just as much of a deadly weapon as a gun?)

New procedures are being put in place to make sure a similar data release does not happen again without his approval, Replogle said…

Gov. Jay Nixon has denied that concealed weapons permits were turned over to a "magical database" for federal agents to "mess with" Missourians

Why? Why are they embarrassed? Isn’t this the way of the future?

How is what happened in Missouri any different from the new gun control laws being proposed in Washington? Most of which contain a requirement to include mental health records as part of any background check.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Missouri Police Gave Gun Permit Data To Feds”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    On his way out the door to take a lucrative new job with DHS ….

    Punish him to the full extent.
    Punish whoever encouraged him to do this … beyond the full extent

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