(TeaParty.org Exclusive) – A federal registry of gun owners is illegal and there’s a reason for that. It’s none of the government’s business who owns what guns and what Americans’ ability to defend themselves really is.
Not to mention, guns are expensive. It’s dangerous for gun owners to have information on what kind and how many guns they own.
Democrats have, nonetheless, been desperately attempting to institute a registry of one form or another for years. It looks like in California, if they can’t have a registry, the Attorney General is just going to leak the private information of gun owners.
The California Department of Justice’s 2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal went live on Monday with publicly-accessible files that include identifying information for those who have concealed carry permits.
The leaked information reveals individuals’ full name, race, home address, date of birth, and date their permit was issued. The data also shows the type of permit issued and indicates whether the individual is a member of law enforcement or a judge.
The Los Angeles County database was reviewed by The Reload and they discovered 244 judge permits listed in the database which gave the home addresses, full names, and dates of birth for all of them.
The same information was available for seven custodial officers, 63 people with a place of employment permit, and 420 reserve officers.
In addition, there were 2,891 people in LA County with standard licenses whose information was also leaked.
Here’s the only CCW info that can be (but isn’t necessarily required to be) withheld from public disclosure. Everything else is open to disclosure, including application docs, fingerprints, and copies of licenses. See Cal. Govt Code 6254(u) and Cal. Const. Art. I Sec. 3(b). pic.twitter.com/QSyl8pnKqP
— Firearms Policy Coalition (@gunpolicy) June 28, 2022
Even more concerning is that a video reviewed by The Reload shows that the database was initially available for download using a button on the website’s mapping feature. This option was reportedly taken down by Tuesday afternoon but who knows who could have downloaded this personal information.
The office of Attorney General Rob Bonta (D.) confirmed private information had been exposed and said they are examining the situation.
“We are investigating an exposure of individuals’ personal information connected to the DOJ Firearms Dashboard,” a spokesperson for the office told The Reload. “Any unauthorized release of personal information is unacceptable. We are working swiftly to address this situation and will provide additional information as soon as possible.”
The California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA) utterly slammed the leak and those responsible and asserted it was looking into potential legal action against the state.
“Vindictive sore loser bureaucrats have endangered people’s lives and invited conflict by illegally releasing confidential private information,” Chuck Michel, CRPA President, told The Reload. “CRPA is working with several legislators and sheriffs to determine the extent of the damage caused by DOJ’s doxing of law abiding gun owners. Litigation is likely.”
The leak comes just over a year after California moved to provide detailed personal information of all gun owners in the state to educational institutions around the country despite major objections and concerns over data security and individual privacy.
It also just so happened to come as the Supreme Court invalidated a similar policy to the state’s restrictive gun carry laws, which will inevitably add many more Californians to the exposed database.
In a press release announcing the leaky dashboard, Bonta said the goal was “increasing public trust between law enforcement and the communities we serve” and added that the dashboard was meant to ensure transparency to “better understand the role and potential dangers of firearms.”
Instead, the likely outcome will be that gun owners will experience an increase in criminals targeting their homes for burglaries. According to the state’s dashboard, this happened 145,377 times in 2020 alone.
The leak of this personal information is reckless and feels intentional. This is the way America is going nowadays.
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