Concealed Carry

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Updated at 7:04 p.m.

The Missouri Department of Revenue will cease scanning source documents for conceal-carry weapons applicants, also known as CCW’s.  This news comes a day after the resignation of now-former DOR Director Brian Long.

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Governor Jay Nixon (D) has announced that Brian Long has resigned as Director of the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR). The resignation is effective immediately.

“I want to thank Brian [Long] for his service to the state of Missouri in heading up this department, and wish him well in his future endeavors,” Nixon said in a statement regarding the resignation.  In addition, Nixon's Press Secretary, Scott Holste, said that Long voluntarily stepped down and that he was neither asked nor encouraged to resign.

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Budget writers in the Missouri Senate turned their attention today Thursday to the Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety as they continue to question why the state’s list of conceal-carry weapons holders was given to the federal government.

Colonel Ron Replogle testified that the Patrol received a request for the list in November of 2011 from the Social Security Administration, which was conducting a fraud investigation.

“And our employees felt this was a legitimate criminal investigation, so therefore they released the information," Replogle said.

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Department of Revenue (DOR) officials underwent more grilling Wednesday from a Missouri Senate committee over the agency’s practice of scanning source documents for driver’s license applications, conceal-carry weapon endorsements, and other license applications.

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The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would prohibit the Department of Revenue (DOR) from scanning and storing source documents for driver’s license, conceal-carry, and other applications.

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Governor Jay Nixon (D) says the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) is not forwarding information on applicants for driver’s licenses and conceal-carry endorsements to the federal government.

He became exasperated with reporters who asked questions about the controversy during a press conference today at the State Capitol.

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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to the state budget for Fiscal Year 2014, while House Republicans beat back three attempts to expand Medicaid.

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The Missouri Senate has issued a subpoena compelling the state Revenue Department to hand over documents by April 2 about new state driver's licensing procedures.

The order was signed Monday by Republican Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey. It requires the department to produce documents to help determine whether the state is sharing people's personal information with the federal government or a private company.

One of the leading Republicans in the Missouri Senate blasted the Department of Revenue over its scanning of documents for driver’s licenses and conceal-carry applicants.

Kurt Schaefer of Columbia accused the state agency of lying to lawmakers when its leaders said this week they’re not collecting data for the federal government.

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The head of the Missouri Department of Revenue says his agency is not forwarding electronic copies of documents from Missouri citizens to the federal government.

Director Brian Long told the House Committee on Government Oversight and Accountability that once he heard the allegations, he questioned other officials and employees within the Department of Revenue about it.

“I was repeatedly and independently assured that these scanned source documents, as part of the license process, are not, nor is there any plans, to share them, again, with the federal government or any third-party vendor," Long said.

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Republican leaders in the Missouri House are promising to fast track legislation that would forbid the state from scanning and storing documents of residents who apply for conceal-carry endorsements.

Some GOP lawmakers have accused the state agency of forwarding copies of conceal-carry applications and other documents to the federal Homeland Security department.  House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) says he’s disturbed by the allegations.

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A lawsuit has been filed in the Missouri Bootheel accusing the state of wrongfully requiring digital copies of vital records.

The plaintiff, Eric Griffin of Stoddard County, was seeking a conceal carry endorsement.  He says officials at his local license fee office told him that in order to receive it, his application, birth certificate and residency documents would have to be digitally scanned and stored by the Missouri Department of RevenueLt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) says any license fee office that makes that demand is breaking the law.

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The full U.S. appeals court for the 7th Circuit will not reconsider its ruling that Illinois' ban on the concealed carry of weapons is unconstitutional.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan had asked all 11 judges to hear the case. Today's decision by six of those judges allows the earlier 2-1 ruling to stand. One judge, Michael Kanne, did not participate in the petition for a full court hearing.

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The head of the Illinois State Rifle Association says he doesn't mind that Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking a federal appeals court to review a ruling striking down the state's ban on concealed carry.

Madigan has requested that all the judges on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals review a lawsuit challenging the ban.

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The recent school shooting in Connecticut brought up renewed discussions about the relevance of an Illinois appellate court’s ruling which endorsed the right to conceal and carry.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced a new appointment to the state Supreme Court.  And, the LGBT community in St. Louis County recently received good news.

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Updated with comments from Illinois officials. Amanda Vinicky contributed reporting from Springfield.

Illinois is the only state in the union that bans the concealed carrying of guns.

A ruling today from a federal appeals court may change all that.

Legislation lowering the minimum age for getting concealed gun permits in Missouri heads to the governor's desk.

Lawmakers gave final approval Friday to the bill reducing the minimum age to 21 from the current 23.

Missouri enacted its concealed-carry law in 2003 after legislators overrode a veto by then-Gov. Bob Holden.

The National Rifle Association says no other state with a concealed-carry law sets the minimum age at 23.

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The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would lower the age for getting a concealed firearm permit from 23 to 21.

The conceal-carry language was added onto a larger firearms regulation bill.  The bill's Senate handler, Brian Munzlinger (R, Williamstown) says lowering the concealed permit age to 21 would bring Missouri into line with most other states.

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The Illinois state House has rejected a measure that would have allowed Illinois residents to carry a concealed weapon.

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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

Governor Pat Quinn sent a message Tuesday asking lawmakers to reject a plan that would allow concealed carrying of firearms.  But an Illinois House committee ignored Quinn and advanced the measure.   It could be called for a floor vote this week.

Quinn says he doesn't want residents carrying loaded guns.

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Missouri House members have approved legislation expanding the state's concealed gun laws.

The measure would lower Missouri's minimum age for getting a permit to carry a concealed gun from 23 to 21 years old. It also would allow legislative staff members and statewide elected officials who have permits to carry concealed guns in the Capitol.

Lawmakers who have permits already can bring a concealed weapon to their meetings.

The legislation was approved 117-38 on Thursday. It now goes to the Senate.

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