Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mis.) summoned FBI Director Christopher Wray during a hearing Thursday after Wray refused to explain why his agency was seeking information about holders of Missouri concealed carry permits.
Hawley spoke of the FBI’s quest for information on hidden carriers in Missouri, saying, “Why would you ask? [this information] Now, from Missouri, who’s our mayor, when you haven’t asked for that in the past? “
Ray replied, “I will have to obtain more information so that I can give you a written response.”
Hawley followed up with another question. “What steps would the FBI take to make sure the information remains classified, if I were able to get it from these mayors across Missouri?”
Ray said, “Again, same answer, I really want to be careful not to speak up when I don’t have all the facts.”
“Well, you won’t answer my questions,” said Hawley.
Ray replied, “I’ll answer your questions.”
“Well, you’re not answering them now,” said Hawley.
Ray suggested that he would answer the questions in another way, not personally.
Hawley noted that Wary’s refusal to answer was because he was “under oath”.
The FBI wants to review sensitive personal information of Missouri concealed carry permit holders, yet their director cannot answer simple questions about why they need to review this information. Tweet embed ⁰⁰ We know why. pic.twitter.com/iL6P0wUHP1
– American GunOwners (GunOwners) August 4, 2022
Hawley went on to explain that he sent Wray a letter alerting him in advance that the subject of pursuing information on hidden carriers in Missouri would come up at the hearing.
He said, “Honestly I’m disappointed. I sent you this letter days ago. This was on your radar screen. Our state attorney general sent you a letter earlier. I knew about this. This is a major concern. It directly affects the law Missouri.
Hawley said Ray was putting state law enforcement at a disadvantage because “state law says they can’t turn over these personal records,” however Hawley claimed the FBI was seeking the records anyway.
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