Sheriff who stood up to the FBI over weapons permits arrested for suspicion of DWI

Sheriff who stood up to the FBI over weapons permits arrested for suspicion of DWI

(As originally published with additional details and photos, Sat, September 30th 2023, 7:30 PM EDT; first article here)

MEMPHIS, Mo. (TND) — A controversial sheriff in Missouri is in trouble with the law.

Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney, 43, was arrested Friday evening for suspicion of drunk driving.

KTVO reported that information was contained in the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s online arrest reports.

Whitney was arrested by a state trooper in Schuyler Count and faces a pending charge of DWI-first offense.

He was processed and then released.

Whitney made news in the summer of 2022 when he spoke about concealed carry gun permits in Scotland County.

The sheriff said, “even at the threat of a federal arrest,” he would not allow, cooperate, or release any information about the permits to the FBI.

He told KTVO he would be hiding concealed carry weapons records at an off-site, secure, secret location in case the FBI issues a search warrant to audit those records.

Sheriff who stood up to the FBI over weapons permits arrested for suspicion of DWI
FILE – A Joplin, Mo., woman presented Scotland Co. Sheriff Bryan Whitney with a special plaque on June 30, 2023. (John Garlock/KTVO)

Then, three months ago, a woman from a different part of the state honored Whitney for taking that stand, giving him a plaque containing the Bill of Rights and the Ten Commandments.

The sheriff told KTVO the FBI never showed up at his office to see the weapons records.

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