CCW permit list-sharing questions answered

Congressman, "I am satisfied with the result of the discussion"

April 18, 2013|by: Jerry Jacob

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Missouri Congressman at the forefront of pursuing answers from federal agencies regarding the sharing of the list of Missouri's conceal and carry weapons permit holders indicated Thursday there is no evidence of any wrong-doing.

Missouri 3rd District Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer spoke face-to-face with Inspector General of the Social Security Administration (SSA), Patrick O'Carroll.  Luetkemeyer had written O'Carroll a letter containing ten questions regarding how O'Carroll's office had obtained the list of CCW permit holders and what had happened to that list.

O'Carroll provided answers to all ten questions in writing.  Afterwards, Luetkemeyer, who had been highly critical of the discovery that the Missouri Highway Patrol had shared the CCW list with a federal agency, indicated the case had been resolved to his satisfaction.

"It's important for me to hear from federal officials directly and I am satisfied with the result of the discussion," Luetkemeyer said.

Earlier this week, Luetkemeyer expressed concern that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was also involved in the information request.  That concern was determined to be unfounded.

“It has been made clear to me that the ATF had absolutely no interest in the private information of Missourians and that the agency was in no way involved in a joint venture with the SSA OIG," Luetkemeyer said.

According to O'Carrol, the acquisition of the CCW permit-holders' list was a legal law enforcement request under Section 6 of the Inspector General Act.  He said the request was for the purpose of cross-checking individuals receiving social security benefits for mental disability.  Such a disability would preclude an individual from possessing a CCW permit.  The SSA's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has 290 special agents with statutory law enforcement authority.

O'Carroll also clarified the confusion over whether anyone at his agency had actually seen the list of Missouri's CCW permit holders.  He said they had not.  He also indicated that both computer disks containing the lists provided to them had been unreadable and that both disks had been destroyed once it was discovered the information on them could not be accessed.

25 states allow some form of public access to the names of their CCW permit holders.  The remaining 25, including Missouri, do not.

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