FBI Told It Doesn’t Have the Authority To Audit Concealed Carry Data

FBI Told It Doesn't Have the Authority To Audit Concealed Carry Data

FBI 2A “Audit” DENIED – They Can’t Be Allowed To Do This!

(RightWing.org) – The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 established the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to create a point of contact (POC) for federal firearms licensees to report gun sales to local authorities like sheriffs’ offices. The FBI audits POC states every three years to ensure compliance. However, Missouri’s top law enforcement officer recently told the FBI it didn’t have the authority to audit concealed carry data.

On July 13, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R) sent a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray regarding an upcoming FBI audit of the Platte County Sheriff’s Department. According to Schmitt, the August review would include an “onsite” inspection of the county’s CCW permits.

Schmitt’s letter informed Director Wray that Missouri law (§ 571.101.9, RSMo) barred the release of information kept by state officials regarding its CCW permit system. He also advised the FBI that the state legislature passed the law to eliminate any doubts surrounding Missourian’s “constitutional right to bear arms.”

Schmitt concluded his letter by vowing to fight FBI officials “tooth and nail” to prevent its “open and blatant violation” of Missouri state law and its citizens’ constitutionally-protected rights.

As of July 18, the FBI hasn’t responded to Schmitt’s letter. If the attorney general prevails, it could mark significant progress regarding state-led efforts to push back against federal overreach regarding Second Amendment protections for law-abiding citizens.

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