The Missouri Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a bill prohibiting the state Revenue Department from scanning personal documents of people applying for driver’s licenses. The department began scanning and filing documents, such as birth certificates and concealed weapons permits, as part of the new licensing procedures in December. Sen. Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit, sponsors Senate Bill 252. Click to hear Kraus:
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The 29-5 vote Tuesday came on the heels of an announcement by Governor Jay Nixon. He said the department would no longer scan or retain concealed weapons permits. “It has been determined that the scanning and retention of concealed carry certificates are not essential to the integrity of the license issuance process,” Gov. Nixon said in a press release. “We will continue to work with policymakers to ensure the security and privacy of our license issuance process.”
Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, wants more information from Gov. Nison on why gun permits were being electronically scanned. “Everything indicates, to me, that this was not a criminal investigation. It looks to me like this was a phishing expedition or some other purpose to basically profile over 160,000 Missourians who have a concealed carry permit. That is wrong and that is a violation of state law,” Sen. Schaefer said. The Missouri Highway Patrol admitted last week it had sent a list of conceal carry permits to the federal government.
Senate Bill 252 would also modify other driver’s license provisions. The measure would require county sheriff’s offices to issue concealed weapons licenses, instead of the Revenue Department.
The bill now moves to the Missouri House of Representatives for consideration.
Audio provided by the Missouri Senate Communications Department.