Missouri Lawmaker Wants to Ban Gun Tracking Using Blockchain
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    A lawmaker from Missouri wants to keep blockchain from being used in tracking firearms.
    According to public records, Missouri Representative Nicholas Schroer (R-107), is initiating a bill making it illegal to use a distributed ledger and other types of decentralized databases to keep firearm owner information.

    The draft reads:

    "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."

    The measure also lays down exceptions.

    Those carve-outs cover law enforcement officials, sellers who use a distributed ledger or similar technology to report sales to the state, and firearm owners who have offered written consent to have their weapons tracked.

    Schroer's bill also distinguished between electronic firearm tracking technologies.

    It referred to distributed ledgers or other decentralized databases, and official law enforcement tracking systems like the Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System (MULES) database.

    If approved, the bill says that illegally tracking firearms on a blockchain could be a Class E felony.

    Class E felonies are the least severe of Missouri felonies.

    It is punishable by up to four years in jail.

    The Missouri bill is identical to one signed in Arizona in February.

    That bill also makes it unlawful to track firearms on a blockchain unless the user is in an exempted category.

    The Arizona bill was signed less than a month after it was first introduced in mid-January.

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