FBI Director Stonewalls Senator Hawley’s Questions on FBI’s ‘Audit’ of MO Concealed Carry Permits

Thursday, August 04, 2022

Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) questioned Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray about the FBI’s planned audit of Missouri’s sheriffs’ offices’ records of concealed carry permits. Last week, Senator Hawley sent a letter to Director Wray demanding answers, but has yet to receive a reply.

Senator Hawley said, “This is of significant concern, it directly affects Missouri state law. You’ve praised your local law enforcement partners earlier today Director. You are putting them in a terrible position in the state of Missouri. State law says they cannot turn over these personal records, the sheriffs cannot. You are asking them to, apparently in an unprecedented manner.” 

He continued, “I want to know what in the world you’re doing with this, and frankly, I don’t like the fact that the FBI is snooping around the records of the concealed carry permits of Missourians.” 

FBI Director Wray claimed he did not know the details of the audit and was unable to provide a response to Senator Hawley’s line of questioning, stating that he will respond in writing to Senator Hawley’s letter