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“Not on my watch”: Missouri attorney general vows to block FBI from auditing concealed carry permits

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JEFFERSON, MO- Don’t worry Missouri concealed carry permit holders. We’re pretty sure the FBI wouldn’t do anything nefarious with their proposed audit of concealed carry permits collected by county sheriffs.

It’s probably all above board, from the same agency that was directed by the Department of Justice to target school parents at board of education meetings. Nothing to see here, right?

Well one person who trusts the Biden-run FBI about as far as he could throw them is Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who this month said FBI agents will not be allowed to audit concealed carry permits in his state, US News & World Report says, citing an Associated Press wire.

Schmitt, who is running for the US Senate, drafted a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, noting he had been told FBI agents planned to visit a number of county sheriffs departments in August to “audit” concealed carry weapons permits.

Wray was advised that a Missouri law prohibits sharing confidential lists kept by sheriffs with federal, state or private entities, including law enforcement agencies such as the FBI. Moreover, Schmitt told Wray allowing federal agents to access the records is a violation of the Second Amendment.

Schmitt said the law, passed while he was serving as a state senator, specifically included the provision mandating only elected county sheriffs have access to such records because lawmakers “wanted to leave no doubt that the citizens of Missouri have a right to bear arms, and the federal government has no business poking around to find out their identities.”

“The FBI has absolutely no business poking around in the private information of those who have obtained a concealed carry permit in Missouri,” Schmitt wrote Wray.

“The Second Amendment rights of Missourians will absolutely not be infringed on my watch. I will use the full power of my Office to stop the FBI which has become relentlessly politicized and has virtually no credibility, from illegally prying around in the personal information of Missouri gun owners.”

Schmitt said he became aware of plans by the FBI to travel to the state in August and conduct an audit of concealed carry permits.

“It has come to my attention that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has informed several Missouri county sheriffs that they will be showing up in August to ‘audit’ CCW permit holder records. The FBI states that, ‘The audit includes an onsite review of your Concealed Carry Weapons Permits…’ Let me be perfectly clear. Allowing federal agents from the FBI to have access to records of Missourians who have a permit to carry a concealed weapon violates Missouri law and infringes on our Second Amendment rights.”

According to Fox News, the FBI is scheming to conduct audits in 24 counties in the state.

The sheriff of one of those counties, Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney, a Republican, told residents of his community that he will “go down with the ship if need be” in protecting the Second Amendment rights of his constituents, vowing not to comply with any demand from the FBI to review his CCW files.

The FBI claimed to Fox News Digital the reason for the audit was that “a small sampling of system transactions is to be inspected for compliance and to ensure there is no misuse of the [FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division] systems.”

They continued noting the CJIS is the “largest collection of criminal justice information shared by the nation’s law enforcement and criminal justice communities.”

This information falls under the oversight of the CJIS Advisory Policy Board (APB) which is comprised of representatives from state, local, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies.”

The FBI claims the “Board sets policy for security and acceptable use of this information and has assigned the FBI responsibility for ensuring compliance through a routine auditing program” of participating agencies for years.

“At no point would auditors require access to lists such as state approved concealed carry holders, nor would the CJIS retain information beyond what is necessary to address a specific compliance concern,” the FBI continued in its statement, claiming the state has “been through this routine audit multiple times, most recently in 2018.”

That was before the FBI became totally politicized, although based on “Crossfire Hurricane” elements of the FBI became rogue long before that.

Since Biden has taken office, the FBI has become completely politically polarized…just ask Roger Stone, Peter Navarro, and Steve Bannon.

Schmitt agrees.

“You may wonder why there is such strong suspicion of federal agents here in the ‘Show Me State.’ Simply put, Missourians are hard-working, law-abiding citizens who don’t need a national nanny-state keeping tabs on us. But more than that, over the last couple of years, we’ve seen story after story of incompetence and corruption at the highest levels of the FBI,” Schmitt wrote.

He then specifically called out “deep-staters” within the FBI who have “tarnished the reputation of this once well-respected agency” by targeting parents who expressed outrage over school curricula at school board meetings, and the “witch hunt against President Trump and his team.”

Whitney supports Schmitt’s remarks “100%.” He has also vowed to move the CCW paperwork to a secure location if the FBI issues federal search warrants for the information.

Whitney specified the data breach in June at the California Department of Justice, which exposed personal information of thousands of gun owners who applied for concealed carry permits over the past decade. He said that is “one of the exact reasons” why he is resisting the FBI audit should it in fact happen.

Personal information including names, dates of birth, gender, race, drivers license numbers, addresses and criminal histories were publicly released.

 


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