On March 4, Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder held a press conference and claimed the Missouri Department of Revenue has been working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security “to install new hardware and software to obtain data on Missouri citizens and transfer this information to DHS and unnamed third parties.”
This information gathering is allegedly tied to a backdoor gun registry in that state.
On March 25, state senator Kurt Shaefer (R-Dist. 19) subpoenaed the Missouri Department of Revenue to force them to hand over documents shared between them and DHS or FEMA, as well as between them and the American Association for Motor Vehicle Administrators and Morpho Trust USA, relating to Missouri “driver’s license and ID information.”
In a statement to Breitbart News, Shaefer said: “This is one of the most appalling abuses of privacy rights I have encountered in state government. I can not and will not allow unelected bureaucrats to erode the rights of Missourians.”
Both Kinder and Shaefer are looking at whether Missouri state laws are being usurped to allow a collection of information–including concealed carry permit information–to be passed to the federal government under the Real ID Act of 2005.
The Missouri Department of Revenue has denied being involved in collecting such information.
But Lt. Gov. Kinder says, “Officials at the MO Department of Revenue and in the Governor’s Cabinet have been caught lying to senators and it’s a shame the situation had to escalate to the level of subpoena, However, we are not simply going to let go this. We are going to stand up for the privacy rights of Missourians.”