Fitzpatrick selected for investigative committee
Rep. Scott Fitzpatrick has been selected to serve on the newly-created Bipartisan Investigative Committee on Privacy Protection. The appointment was made by House Speaker Tim Jones.
The committee, which is made up of lawmakers and members of the law enforcement community, will be responsible for investigating the ongoing scandal within the Missouri Department of Revenue.
"As someone who is passionate about preserving and protecting our Second Amendment rights, Scott Fitzpatrick will play a vital role in helping the committee get to the bottom of the egregious violation of the public's trust committed by the state revenue department," said Jones. "I am confident in his ability to work with his colleagues to find the truth and to develop policy solutions that will ensure such an offense never occurs again."
The committee will review the Missouri Department of Revenue's actions in preparing, compiling, storing, sharing and disseminating concealed carry records. Committee members will also evaluate the policy implemented by the department to scan and retain the personal information of concealed-carry weapon permit holders.
According to a press release issued by Fitzpatrick's office, the Missouri Department of Revenue initially denied the information was shared with out-of-state entities, but details later surfaced to reveal the information of 163,000 permit holders in Missouri was shared with the federal government. Legislation was passed during the 2013 session to prohibit the department from continuing the policy, but Jones has asked the newly-formed committee to continue to work to develop policy solutions to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
The committee is hoping to determine what motivated the actions of state officials, whether state laws were broken in the process and whether new or revised laws are needed to eliminate these types of practices in the future.
"My constituents and other citizens across the state are justifiably extremely angered by this blatant violation of their privacy rights," said Fitzpatrick. "The people of Missouri deserve to know the truth and to have assurance that their state government will never again engage in such unscrupulous actions. I'm honored to be named to the committee by Speaker Jones and am eager to get to work with my fellow committee members to fully investigate the department's actions."