Federal Effort To Access Missouri Gun Permits Raising Red Flags

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- A federal effort to access personal information about Missouri gun owners has some state lawmakers raising red flags.

Bring up second amendment rights and you might as well be opening up a keg of gun powder on the floor of the Missouri legislature.

Testimony this week by the head of the Missouri Highway Patrol reinforced some lawmakers concerns the federal government is trying to create a registry of gun owners, particularly those with Conceal and Carry Weapon Permits as shown on their driver’s license.

Colonel Ron Replogle, Highway Patrol Superintendent,  admitted the patrol delivered that data base to the agent as part of a law enforcement investigation.

Lawmakers like Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones of Eureka worry too about identity theft.

House Speaker Jones is calling on Attorney General Chris Koster to investigate the matter. He wants to know just how secure Missouri’s driver license data base really is.   So far, Koster has declined to comment.

Missouri's Third District Congressman Blaine Luektkemeyer launched his own investigation of the matter.  He tells FOX 2 he hopes to get to the bottom of it by Monday morning.

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