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A southeastern Missouri man has sued after being told by a license office that it would make digital copies of documents needed for a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Eric Griffin, of Stoddard County, says he went to the local office with his application for a concealed carry endorsement, birth certificate and residency documents.

Griffin says he was told the documents would be scanned and digitally saved in the state Revenue Department system.

Stoddard County Prosecutor Russell Oliver is acting as Griffin’s personal lawyer. He says Griffin should not have to provide the documents for scanning.

A trial judge issued a temporary restraining order over the practice Monday and scheduled a hearing March 12. Oliver says the order is limited to the Stoddard County license office.

A Revenue Department spokesman says the agency follows the law.

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