A state senate investigation of new driver’s license procedures by the revenue deparatment reveals a federal agency has gotten lists of Missourians who have concealed weapons permits.
The Revenue Department started alarming some people renewing driver’s licenses by demanding copies of their concealed weapons permits that were scanned and put into a department database. Columbia Senator Kurt Schaefer is leading the contingent of senators who consider that an invasion of privacy.
A long day of meetings with departament officials has resulted in an admission that the Inspector General of the Social Security Administration has twice gotten lists of Missourians with concealed weapons permits, apparently to see if anyone on the list is on another list of people with mental health issues.
Schaefer tells the director of the state motor vehicle licensing bureau, Jackie Benboom, the department seems to be violating its own rules.
Department lawyer Trevor Bossert says adopting a new rule would have been a burden to the department.
Shortly after he said that, Schaefer’s appropraitions committee cut his salary out of the budget for the next fiscal year. More hearings are ahead.
Schaefer wants Long to order the department to stop scanning concealed weapons permits but Long won’t make that commitment.
Long says he’s not ready to stop scanning those records yet.
“Morfo” is the company that produces driver’s licenses for the state.