Uproar Over Concealed Weapons Data Sharing Escalates, State Patrol Admits Data Went to Fed Investigator
April 12, 2013

hand guns for sale(AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol acknowledged Thursday that it twice provided a list of 163,000 Missouri residents with concealed gun permits to a federal investigator — an admission immediately seized upon by Republicans as grounds for further investigations, firings and potentially criminal charges against state officials.
Testifying before a Senate committee, Highway Patrol Col. Ron Replogle said the concealed guns list was given to an investigator looking into potential fraud involving Social Security benefits for the disabled. He said the investigator was not able to read the encrypted information and ultimately destroyed the computer discs.
Republicans expressed concern that the privacy rights of Missouri residents are being infringed, but members of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration insisted there was nothing wrong with the information sharing.
The fact that the information may never have been used by federal agents did little to pacify Republican lawmakers, who ratcheted up their opposition to a state database storing personal information about driver’s license applicants, including whether they have concealed-gun permits.
Republican House Speaker Tim Jones called upon Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster to appoint an independent investigatory panel. Republican members of the Senate Appropriations Committee suggested Nixon should fire officials involved in overseeing and sharing information from the driver’s license database, and U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer sent letters to federal officials demanding answers about the information gathering.
“This is a big breach of public trust and confidence,” said Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which has been holding hearings on the topic.

Lawmakers Push on Scanning State Documents
March 27, 2013

(AP) – Missouri lawmakers pressed their objections to digital copying of driver’s license applicants’ personal documents, supporting a budget proposal Tuesday aimed at prohibiting the scanning and retaining of such records.

“There’s no purpose to scanning these source documents, and without any purpose, I don’t think we should be creating a huge database of source documents,” said Rep. Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff.

The budget amendment also takes aim at the use of any photo validation system. It was added by the House to the proposed nearly $25 billion budget taking effect July 1.

Attention over driver’s licenses and state identification cards was ignited this month after a southeastern Missouri man filed a lawsuit challenging a recent requirement that documents such as birth certificates and concealed weapons endorsements be scanned into a state computer system. The lawsuit raised concerns that details could be shared with the federal government and others.

The Department of Revenue has said information is not shared with other entities. Under the new process, local license office clerks scan applicants’ personal documents instead of simply examining them. Digital documents are sent electronically with other applicant information to a state data center. The department said the scanned documents are retained by the state while other basic information is forwarded to a contractor that is supposed to delete the information after printing and mailing the driver’s license.

Kansas House Moves Ahead with Concealed Weapons in Most Public Buildings
March 15, 2013

hand guns for saleThe Kansas House has tentatively approved a bill allowed concealed weapons in most public buildings in Kansas, the Topeka Capital Journal reported.
The measure includes a four-year exemption for universities, hospitals, nursing homes and municipal arenas that host university sporting events.
“If you have a government building, the principle is the people have a right to defend themselves,” said Rep. Jim Howell, R-Derby. “The Constitution gives them that right,” the newspaper reported.
More: http://cjonline.com/news/2013-03-13/house-members-ok-guns-public-buildings

Sedgwick County Commissioner wants to be abl;e to carry Guns into County Buildings
August 3, 2011

(AP) – A Sedgwick County commissioner believes prohibitions against carrying concealed weapons in public buildings infringes on the rights of people with permits to carry the weapons and he wants the commission to change the rules.

Concealed guns are prohibited in all 78 of the buildings Sedgwick County owns and leases. Commissioner Richard Ranzau, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun, said the buildings were put off limits when the state passed its concealed-carry law in 2006 without the county establishing any regulations.

“It’s fundamental that I have a right to do it,” Ranzau said Tuesday during a meeting with county staff. “That’s the rule. To exclude it, we have to have a compelling reason. We need a policy that clearly shows the public we that we take their rights seriously and we’re not going to restrict those rights without some form of due process.”

Nixon Signs Law Lowering Concealed Weapons Permit Age
July 9, 2011

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation lowering the minimum age for obtaining a concealed weapon permit to 21.

The minimum age had been 23 — said by the National Rifle Association to be the highest in the country — since Missouri adopted its concealed weapons law in 2003.

The legislation signed Friday also revises one of the training requirements for getting a concealed gun permit. Those seeking permits will have to shoot 50 rounds each with a revolver and a semiautomatic pistol instead of 50 rounds with any handgun.

Nixon also vetoed two measures Friday. One would have barred local governments from prohibiting billboards, although they could still have set rules on the size, height, lighting and spacing of the signs.

The governor said in a letter the measure would have limited efforts by local officials to preserve the character of their communities.

Nixon also vetoed a wide-ranging bill dealing with vacancies in state offices, local elections and Missouri’s presidential primary.

In a message explaining the veto, he cited language requiring special elections to fill vacancies in elected statewide offices rather than having the governor fill them.

He also objected to a section on local elections that he says could have cancelled municipal elections and barred write-in candidates in hundreds of smaller communities.

The bill would also have delayed Missouri’s presidential primary. Nixon says he supports a later primary, but his veto of the entire bill tossed that portion out, too.