JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (LEWT'-keh-my-er) says a federal fraud investigator apparently had no specific individuals in mind when he requested a list of every Missouri resident with a concealed gun permit.
Luektemeyer on Monday stopped short of calling the request a fishing expedition, but he said the Social Security Administration should have put the request in writing and narrowed it down to particular cases.
Luetkemeyer says he was assured by the inspector general of the Social Security Administration that the disk was destroyed and never used or shared with other federal agencies.
Republican lawmakers have said that gun owners' privacy rights were violated when the Missouri State Highway Patrol provided the list to a federal investigator. Luetkemeyer says he was assured by the federal agency that the request was legal.