DOR Gun Hearing Monday, Official Says No Data Went to the Feds
March 8, 2013

hand guns for saleThe controversy over the Missouri Department of Revenue’s (DOR) use of information coming from Concealed Carry Permit applications will be investigated next week by the House Government Oversight Committee.
Chairman Jim Barnes has set a hearing for Monday at noon.
The panel will also look at a new bill filed by Rep. Todd Richardson. It would prohibit DOR from collecting that kind of information.
Earlier this week, a Stoddard County Judge blocked a local fee office from scanning the CCP permit information and sending it to the Revenue Dept. The man’s sheriff-approved CCP application was rejected at the Stoddard County fee office because he refused to permit the clerks to scan and send his information.
Wednesdsay, KMBC TV reported a Kansas City area fee office owners said most of the state’s 183 fee offices also scan and send the information to it to the DOR.
Kevin Jamison, a board member for the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance, a 2nd Amendment rights group, called the collection of the information “an invasion of privacy”.
The state’s concealed carry law says the permit information is not public.
The fee office clerks who process the information do not work for the state. They are hired by the private fee office.
Some of the information is also apparently being scanned using a 3rd party contractor’s equipment.

The Revenue Department has offered an explanation for its license offices scanning personal information from concealed carry permit applicants.
A lawsuit was filed in Stoddard County over its license office scanning those documents. A judge then granted an order putting a temporary halt to those scans. Some GOP lawmakers say the scans alone violate state law, and some allege information is being sent to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The issue has been raised to Revenue Department Deputy Director John Mollenkamp at a hearing of the House Budget Committee. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Elizabeth Crisp tweeted some of his remarks on the matter.
Mollenkamp told the Committee that he understands no information is being sent to the federal government. He says scanned information is being sent to a third-party vendor because printers used for licenses are too expensive for the state to own, and says other documents scanned are being sent to the state data center in Jefferson City.
Mollenkamp says more details will be released at Monday’s hearing.