Missouri Representative Schroer Introduces Ban on Firearms Tracking

A lawmaker in Missouri is currently working to prevent blockchain from being used to track firearms in most cases.

Public records show that State Representative Nicholas Schroer is currently introducing a bill which would make the use of distributed ledgers and other types of decentralized databases to hold firearm owner information illegal.

As stated in the draft, “It shall be unlawful to require a person to use or be subject to electronic firearm tracking technology or to disclose any identifiable information about the person or the person’s firearm for the purpose of using electronic firearm tracking technology.”

However, the act does give some leeway for some exceptions. The bill allows tracking for law enforcement officials, sellers using distributed ledgers or similar technology to report sales to the state, and firearm owners who have given written consent to have their weapons tracked.

The bill also made clear the differences between electronic firearm tracking technologies (distributed ledgers or similar technology) and official law enforcement tracking systems such as the Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System or MULES database.

If it is passed, the bill would hold anyone illegally tracking firearms on a blockchain guilty of a Class E felony, the least severe of Missouri felonies punishable by up to four years in jail according to law firm Carver, Cantin & Mynarich.

This bill is almost identical to the one recently approved in Arizona in February. The Arizona law also makes it illegal to track firearms on a blockchain unless the user is in the exempted category stated in the bill. After it was first introduced in mid-January, the bill was signed less than a month later.