Mo. official resigns amid concealed guns flap after state data shared with feds

By David A. Lieb

Associated Press

Published: Monday, April 15 2013 5:39 p.m. MDT

Among those testifying for the bill was Stephen Barnes, a disabled former sheet metal worker from California, Mo., who said he has a permit to carry a concealed gun. He was outraged that his name likely was on the list shared with Social Security investigators.

"They've been going rogue up there in the federal government, and you don't know what they're going to do with this information," Barnes said in an interview.

The Missouri House already has passed legislation that would bar the Revenue Department from making electronic copies of applicants' personal documents and require any materials already collected to be destroyed. A similar bill is pending in the Senate.

State Rep. Todd Richardson, who sponsored that legislation, said Long's departure does not alleviate the need for the Legislature to also take action.

"I'm not going to pass judgment on whether Director Long was the right person to take the fall for this decision or not, said Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, adding "I hope that it shows the governor is taking this seriously."

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