Republican lawmakers turn up the heat on state agencies that are sharing gun owner information
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Republican lawmakers turn up the heat on state agencies that are sharing gun owner information

Date: April 11, 2013
By: Alexander Mallin
State Capitol Bureau

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One of the top Republicans in Missouri's Capitol is demanding a formal investigation into state government officials who have been sharing the information of Missouri gun owners
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Wrap: While Senators across the street grilled top state safety officials, House Republicans huddled behind Speaker Tim Jones in front of Attorney General's office as he called for an investigation into the Department of Revenue.

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Description: "I believe that every Missourian has been a potential victim of a violation of their rights of privacy, and I'm wondering how far this might go."

The Missouri Highway Patrol says the entire list of every Missourian with a permit to carry a concealed weapon has been sent to the federal government at least twice, which Jones says is a violation of state law.

Jones says that Attorney General Chris Koster has a responsibility to respond to the allegations as the state's chief law enforcement officer.

A spokeswoman for Koster says he doesn't have a comment yet.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Alex Mallin.

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One of Missouri's top Republicans is calling on the Attorney General to investigate state agencies who have been sharing the information of gun owners.
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Description: "Folks this is not partisan. This is not political. its about privacy, its about protection, and it's about people's rights."

That's House Speaker Tim Jones speaking in front of Attorney General Chris Koster's office.

Jones is calling on Koster to open a formal investigation after a recent discovery that a list containing every Missourian with a permit to carry a concealed weapon has been sent to the federal government at least twice.

Jones says it would violate a state privacy statute passed in 2009 to prevent the state from complying with a federal ID act.

Jones says its time Koster and Governor Jay Nixon come forward to respond to the controversy.

A spokeswoman for Koster says he doesn't have a comment yet.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Alex Mallin.

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Republicans in the state Capitol are debating their next move after discovering the Department of Revenue illegally handed over info on Missouri gun owners.
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Wrap: After more than a month of grilling the Department of Revenue, Schaefer says he's found two instances in which license offices violated state privacy law.

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Description: "We were lied to about the process, how its implemented, how its funded. And we were lied to about the fact the Department of Motor Vehicles did or did not give out a list of conceal carry permit holders to the federal government."

Schaefer says he questions the competence of the top directors that have denied any information sharing was taking place.

Meanwhile, House Republicans are calling on Attorney General Chris Koster to open a formal investigation into the controversy.

A spokeswoman for Koster says he doesn't have a comment yet.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Alex Mallin.

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Republicans are turning up the heat on the Department of Revenue amid new evidence that the department shared info on gun owners with the federal government.
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Wrap: Senator Kurt Schaefer says he's found two instances in which Missouri license offices violated state privacy law by handing over a list containing every Missourian with a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Schaefer says top state officials should be held accountable for not being transparent.

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Description: "Based on not only what we know happened but how it was handled afterward, and obfuscated when we tried to find out the truth, there is serious question about the ability of certain persons to carry out their jobs in a reliable and reasonable way, and that's something that also that we're looking at."

Meanwhile, House Republicans are calling on Attorney General Chris Koster to open a formal investigation into the controversy.

A spokeswoman for Koster says he doesn't have a comment yet.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Alex Mallin.


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