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Missouri’s Approved Gun Bills: Concealed-Carry Permits Easier to Get, Record-Keeping Banned

CCW Concealed Carry Just Got a Lot Easier In Missouri

Missouri’s Approved Gun Bills:

Concealed-Carry Permits Easier to Get, Record-Keeping Banned

By Sam Levin Mon., May 20 2013 at 8:45 AM
The legislative session in Missouri is finally over. And after months of heated debates on guns, lawmakers have sent controversial bills to the governor that would dramatically change the concealed-carry permit application process — and increase protections for gun owners.

 That is, these bills make it easier for residents to get gun permits in the state and eliminate a major record-keeping component of the current process. The GOP is now celebrating these successful legislative feats, passed in the name of protecting the privacy of gun owners. As we’ve reported, critics say this pro-privacy agenda could actually make Missouri more vulnerable to fraud, terrorism and other criminal activity.

If the governor were to sign these bills, how would gun laws change in the state?

For starters, Senate Bill 75 would reform the concealed-carry process so that local sheriffs would solely handle the permit approvals, and the state license bureau would not be involved.

This move in part derives from an intense backlash against the Missouri Department of Revenue‘s licensing agency for allegedly scanning, retaining — and shipping off to outside organizations and to the feds — personal information of those seeking concealed-carry permits. The shift in the process, Republican supporters say, ensures that Missourians will not end up on some gun-control-inspired gun registry organized by Democratic governor Jay Nixon in cooperation with the White House.

Eliminating the department of revenue from this process, as we’ve noted, means that the permit application will be quicker, with the removal of a final step involving an endorsement at the state level.

 

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Missouri concealed-carry permit endorsement in question.

 

“This is an important change in the CCW process…with the goal of preventing the state revenue department from ever again sharing the personal information of permit holders with the federal government,” State Representative Eric Burlison, a Springfield Republican, says in a statement sent out by the Missouri GOP. “This is a common-sense change that empowers our sheriffs to not only issue a certificate of qualification for a permit, but to actually take sole responsibility for the process by issuing permits. It’s a move that will give the people of Missouri confidence that the process will not violate their rights.”

At the same time, the Missouri legislature also sent Senate Bill 252 to the governor whichbans the Department of Revenue altogether from retaining documents of those who get IDs from the state.

These two bills combined, it seems, would ensure that officials at the state level would not have lists of those with gun permits and would not have records on file relating to these applicants.

State Senator Kurt Schaefer, a Republican from Columbia, praises the passage of SB 75 as a move to eliminate unneeded bureaucracy from the gun process.

“SB 75 is an important piece of legislation that will streamline the conceal carry process, while removing unnecessary bureaucracy from the process by allowing Missouri’s sheriff department to handle the permits,” he says in a statement. “This process is ideal to ensuring each individual’s privacy is protected.”

Senator Dan Brown, a Republican from Rolla, hopes that SB75 — which he sponsored and initially earned him national mockery — would also encourage school districts to create “active shooting training programs.”

Debates around armed teachers and gun training for students, it seems, were somewhat drowned out by discussions of gun owner privacy in Missouri, but the version of this bill on the governor’s desk does encourage gun safety and intruder-response lessons in classrooms. It also says, “School personnel and program instructors shall not make value judgments about firearms.”

Meanwhile, the governor will also have to weigh in on the the Second Amendment Preservation ActHouse Bill 436, which has a section on armed teachers that MSNBC’sRachel Maddow slammed earlier this month.

That part of the bill requires teachers designated by a school district as “school protection officers” to carry firearms at all times on school property.

Rep. Stacey Newman, a Democrat who has vocally opposed the Republican gun agenda this session, tells Daily RFT that, by her count, the legislature put forward a whopping total of 23 pro-gun, “NRA bills” in addition to three proposed amendments to the constitution that would strengthen gun rights in some way. This is in the House and Senate combined, but does not include various pro-gun amendments tacked onto other bills not directly related to firearms.

Conversely, she says there were a total of three gun control bills introcued, including one of her own.

They went nowhere.

Here’s a Missouri GOP press release sent out on Friday praising one of the successful gun bills.

Missouri Passes Legislation to Reform Concealed Carry ProcessJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Following the admission of Governor Jay Nixon’s office that his officials at the Department of Revenue had sent data on concealed carry holders to Obama officials in the federal government, the Missouri House and Senate passed SB 75. The bill gives each Sheriff in every county the duty to handle conceal and carry permits.

“This is an important change in the CCW process that Senator Dan Brown and I have worked on with the goal of preventing the state revenue department from ever again sharing the personal information of permit holders with the federal government,” said State Representative Eric Burlison (R-Springfield). “This is a common sense change that empowers our sheriffs to not only issue a certificate of qualification for a permit, but to actually take sole responsibility for the process by issuing permits. It’s a move that will give the people of Missouri confidence that the process will not violate their rights.”

State Senator Kurt Schaefer (R – Columbia), who helped lead in this fight, stated, “SB 75 is an important piece of legislation that will streamline the conceal carry process, while removing unnecessary bureaucracy from the process by allowing Missouri’s sheriff department to handle the permits. This process is ideal to ensuring each individual’s privacy is protected.”

Thanks to the leadership of the House and Senate, SB 75 strikes a good balance in both reforming and respecting the current protections that the current process helped ensure. This is why the $100 application fee will remain the same, and permits will be good for five years. To enhance current safeguards, SB 75 also adds an additional background check through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is seen as the most comprehensive background check available. By using NICS, Missouri will continue to be a leader nationally in Mental Health Record Submission.

“SB 75 was a bill that was filed one day before the Sandy Hook tragedy because of my concern for what I believe to be an epidemic of active shooters in our schools. Unfortunately, we had to expand the scope of the bill to remove the issuing of concealed carry weapons permits from the Department of Revenue because of the lack of respect for the most basic privacy expectations Missourians deserve. My hope would be that this bill will encourage school districts to create active shooting training programs so that teachers will know how to save lives in the event of such a tragedy, prevent accidental gun deaths through education, and protect Missourians from having their personal information shared by the Department of Revenue,” said State Senator Dan Brown (R-Rolla).

If signed into law by Governor Jay Nixon, the duty of issuing concealed carry permits will be transferred to each individual Sheriff department by December 31st. The Department of Revenue will begin the transition process on August 28th to ensure a seamless transition.

“With the governor’s signature, this bill will make the process of obtaining a CCW permit far less burdensome and far more secure,” said Burlison. “I thank my colleagues for giving such strong support to this change and Senator Brown for working with me throughout the session to move this change through the process and into law.”

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GUNS OF LAW-ABIDING HUSBAND CONFISCATED AFTER WIFE’S SINGLE VOLUNTARY MENTAL HEALTH VISIT

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GUNS OF LAW-ABIDING HUSBAND CONFISCATED AFTER WIFE’S SINGLE VOLUNTARY MENTAL HEALTH VISIT

 

Mar. 12, 2013 5:50 pm 

Just last week, the California Senate approved a $24 million funding bill to expedite the process of collecting guns from owners in the state who legally acquired them but have since become disqualified due to felony convictions or mental illness.

Such was recently the case for one woman, who had been in the hospital voluntarily for mental illness last year that she says was due to medication she was taking. Lynette Phillips of Upland, Calif., told TheBlaze in a phone interview Monday she had purchased a gun years ago for her husband, David, as a present. That gun, as well as two others registered to her law-abiding husband (who does not have a history of felonies or mental illness), were seized last Tuesday.

“My husband is upset that they took the right from us that should never have been taken,” Phillips told TheBlaze.

But according to the state of California, that doesn’t matter.

“The prohibited person can’t have access to a firearm” regardless of who the registered owner is, Michelle Gregory, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, told to Bloomberg News.

According to the Los Angeles Times last week, budget cuts created a backlog of 19,000 people in the state with more than 40,000 guns that they are no longer legally allowed to own.

law makers who destroy second amendment kill peopleSuch a Prohibited Armed Persons File is created through the Office of the Attorney General. When a person is entered into the Automated Criminal History System, the Consolidated Firearms Information System is also checked to see if they might have possession of a gun. The same check is conducted for those involuntarily admitted into the hospital for mental illness as well.

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British Crime Statistics Are Falsified To Support False Claim That U.K. Gun Ban Is Lowering Crime

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British Crime Statistics Are Falsified To Support False Claim That U.K.  Gun Ban Is Lowering Crime.

British crime statistics show higher crime rates than U.S. crime statistics per capita in most categories of violent crime, but the murder rate and gun violence statistic have appeared mysteriously low in comparison. Often people will point to the slightly lower official British murder rate as proof of success of the gun ban in Britain (while ignoring the significantly higher violent crime rate overall).

If you forward the video clip below to 12:40, you can see marginally notable British Journalist Piers Morgan (who now works at CNN despite the fact that he was previously discredited in the U.K. for falsifying news) become irate when Larry Pratt, the head of Gun Owners of America, suggests that the official statistics from the British Home Office may not be entirely accurate:

However, it has been recognized in the U.K. for many years that the method of reporting crime is not scientific and that the official statistics are far from accurate. The statistics incomparable to that of U.S. crime statistics because what is begin reported and how it is being compiled are very dissimilar.

This is hardly a new issue, as warnings of faulty statistics and unscientific methods of compiling them have been reported in the news since before 2000 in Great Britain. The Independent claimed that proposals were being made at that time to change the official policies on how crime rates are recorded:

An estimated 1.4m crimes are going unrecorded by the police every year partly because officers bend the rules to exaggerate their success, government inspectors have discovered.

Police officers have been found grossly to misrepresent and massage crime statistics to improve their detection rates while downplaying the number of offenses committed.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary found that 24 per cent of crimes reported to the police in 11 forces examined were not recorded as offenses. Some forces required hard evidence that there had been an offense before recording it as such. One force was found to have recorded only about half the crimes reported to it.

The Home Office announced proposals yesterday for a radical overhaul of how the police collect, record and publish crime statistics. One of the expected changes will be the future publication of detailed neighborhood crime statistics to allow citizens to find out the level of lawlessness in their local streets or villages.

The changes will certainly result in a huge rise in the published crime rate. Criminologists have always known that the official number of offenses recorded by the police is an underestimation of the real rate, but the report details widespread rule bending.

According to the Telegraph in 2008:

Data provided to The Sunday Telegraph by nearly every police force in England and Wales, under freedom of information laws, show that the number of firearms incidents dealt with by officers annually is 60 per cent higher than figures stated by the Home Office.

Last year 5,600 firearms offences were excluded from the official figures. It means that, whereas the Home Office said there were only 9,800 offences in 2007/8, the real total was around 15,400. The latest quarterly figures, due to be released on Thursday, will again exclude a significant number of incidents.

The explanation for the gulf is that the Government figures only include cases where guns are fired, used to “pistol whip” victims, or brandished as a threat.

Thousands of offences including gun-smuggling and illegal possession of a firearm – which normally carries a minimum five-year jail sentence – are omitted from the Home Office’s headline count, raising questions about the reliability of Government crime data.

Dominic Grieve, the shadow home secretary, said: “These alarming new figures not only highlight the appalling state of gun crime in this country, but also remind us just how poor the Government’s statistics actually are.

“Crime statistics must also be compiled and published independent of the Home Office, and crime mapping rolled out so that people can have confidence in what they are being told about the state of crime in this country.”

Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said the figures revealed the extent to which gun crime is a “scar on society”.

“It is shocking that the Home Office is in denial about the extent of gun crime by refusing to include offenses where a gun is present but not brandished,” he said.

“This is another strong reason why the Home Office should not be in charge of collecting its own statistics, which should be put directly under the responsibility of the Office for National Statistics.

“Gun crime must be treated with the same seriousness and concern as knife crime. Both are a scar on our society.”

In all, there were at least 5,612 offenses excluded from the Home Office’s official gun crime total last year, according to figures supplied by police forces.

The true total number of excluded offenses will have been even higher, because two of the 43 forces in England and Wales, Thames Valley and Leicestershire, failed to hand over larry pratt and piers morgan debate U.S. Gun Legislationtheir data when asked to do so under the Freedom of Information Act, and a large urban force, Greater Manchester, provided incomplete statistics. Scotland records gun crime differently.

When the Home Office publishes its latest quarterly crime figures on Thursday, they will include a section on gun crime injuries and deaths, but the figures will again exclude a significant number of incidents.

The Sunday Telegraph‘s figures suggest that the Metropolitan Police’s official tally of 3,300 gun crimes in 2006/7, the most recent available, would have risen to around 5,000 if excluded categories had been counted. In 2007, Met officers dealt with 1,678 firearms incidents which were not included in the official tally. The Met’s figures show that offenses of firearms possession in the capital rose from 850 five years ago to 1,400 last year.

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