Missouri Sheriffs across the state are watching closely the recent developments from the hearings of the Senate Appropriations Committee concerning the Department of Revenue releasing information on carry conceal weapons permits issued by Sheriffs. This information has apparently been shared with the Social Security Administration Inspector General by the Missouri Highway Patrol.
According to Sheriff J. Kent Oberkrom, President of the Missouri Sheriff’s Association, the board of directors met by conference call April 12, 2013 and approved the following statement:
“Missouri Sheriffs share in the concerns of the Senate Appropriations Committee about the release of carry conceal weapons permit holders personal information. Local Sheriffs are charged by statute with the duty of processing applications, gathering background information and ultimately issuing the conceal carry certificate. In doing so, we are entrusted with strict standards of the law and the constitution in protecting the citizens we were elected to serve. As this investigation continues by the committee and possibly the Attorney General, Missouri Sheriffs are engaged with all parties to assist in formulating changed policy and procedures which will better serve to safeguard the personal information of Missouri carry conceal certificate holders”.