The patrol admitted Thursday that it has twice shared a list of Missouri's concealed carry permit holders with federal investigators.
State Rep. Kathy Swan, R-Cape Girardeau, said she agrees with House Speaker Tim Jones' call on Attorney General Chris Koster to form a panel to investigate information sharing between state and federal officials.
"No. 1, why were they collecting information?" Swan said. "No. 2, why were they sending it to the government, and No. 3, what were they planning on doing with this information? I am certain those who are supporters of our Second Amendment are extremely concerned about what is the next step and what is the plan for the government to do with this information, and why was our state participating in turning over this information?"
"This is an invasion of Missourians' rights, and I will fight to ensure those responsible for this harmful decision are held accountable," said state Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, in a statement accusing Gov. Jay Nixon's administration of violating public trust.
The legislation, filed by Rep. Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, would prevent the revenue department from making electronic copies of concealed-carry permit documents and would require the destruction of documents already collected. Smith and Swan are among the bill's sponsors.
Swan and representatives Donna Lichtenegger, R-Jackson; Shelley Keeney, R-Marble Hill; Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston; Dennis Fowler, R-Advance; and Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, all voted in favor of the legislation.
Hodges told members of a Chaffee, Mo., political group, who support the Second Amendment, during a campaign event Wednesday night that he believes the formation of a national registry for gun owners is wrong.
Smith also has expressed his opposition to the sharing of gun owner information.