Missourians support their 2nd Amendment rights. Many of them support constitutional carry. Representative Eric Burlison’s HB 1468, which creates constitutional carry in Missouri, was heard in the Senate after passing the House by a vote of 112 to 37.
Constitutional carry allows any individual who may carry a firearm in the open to also carry concealed.
Representative Eric Burlison made a good point in the hearing when he said throwing a piece of cloth over a firearm shouldn’t make you a criminal. If you can legally carry a firearm on your hip, putting a jacket on shouldn’t make you a criminal.
But there’s still another issue at hand. Your privacy.
In 2013 that the Department of Revenue handed the feds a list of the CCW permits holders. The Department of Revenue had this information because a printed endorsement on a driver’s license was the method of issuing permits.
This breach of public confidence was a violation of state law and of the privacy of every Missourian with a CCW permit.
During the senate hearing, we learned from Whitney O’Daniel of the National Rifle Association that the Missouri State Highway Patrol sent a letter to the Lewis County Sheriff notifying the sheriff’s office of an upcoming audit. This audit would be of the fingerprint background checks submitted from the sheriff, a requirement for obtaining your CCW permit.
Included with the letter was a list of individuals who had applied to have a CCW permit and submitted their fingerprints for a background check. The Missouri Highway Patrol wanted to verify all the paperwork and records of these individuals as part of their audit.
You might ask, “isn’t downloading any information, even a sample, a violation of the laws written when Governor Nixon last shared CCW data with the feds?”
You would be correct. RsMO 571.101 says “Information retained in the concealed carry permit system under this subsection shall not be distributed to any federal, state, or private entities.”
However, this information did not come from the sheriff’s CCW database. This information was collected by another agency when the initial fingerprint background check was submitted, and this was the information the Missouri Highway Patrol was using in their audit.
This new development is proof once again that your data is being collected by other agencies and isn’t as private as you may think it is.
HB 1468 would help solve this issue by giving Missourians an option.
You may opt not to have a CCW and still carry concealed. You would not be required to notify any agency and submit your private information to the government.
You may also opt to obtain a CCW, especially if you wish to take advantage of the reciprocal agreements Missouri has with other states.
The bottom line is you would have a choice. You could choose to have your data in a database, or you could choose not to.
HB 1468 eliminates the ridiculous notion that you should be an outlaw if a piece of cloth covers your firearm while also promoting your ability to protect your private information.
Missourians shouldn’t have to choose between giving up their privacy or giving up their Second Amendment rights and I’m hopeful HB 1468 passes the Senate and continues on its journey to becoming law.