March 5, 2013
A lawsuit has been filed in the Missouri Bootheel accusing the state of wrongfully requiring digital copies of vital records.
The plaintiff, Eric Griffin of Stoddard County, was seeking a conceal carry endorsement. He says officials at his local license fee office told him that in order to receive it, his application, birth certificate and residency documents would have to be digitally scanned and stored by the Missouri Department of Revenue . Lt. Governor Peter Kinder  (R) says any license fee office that makes that demand is breaking the law.
“The legislature faced an option 10 years ago on passage of the right to carry law – will we have a ‘may issue’ law, or will we have a ‘shall issue’ law?” Kinder told reporters Monday at the State Capitol. “Our (state) is a ‘shall issue’ (state), it’s a mandate. You go down the checklist of requirements to secure a permit, and you get one — it is not discretionary with the sheriff or any other public official.”