State Government Leaks THOUSANDS Of Gun Owners’ Private Info — But Was It An Accident?
(TargetLiberty.org) – The California Department of Justice is facing major backlash for leaking the data of thousands of gun owners. Now, a Republican congressman is calling for an investigation. Others are accusing the department of doing it on purpose.
When the state’s 2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal went live on Monday, June 27, the personal information of gun owners was available to the public. The files contained the gun owners’ full names, home addresses, dates of birth, races, and the dates their permits were issued. More than 2,890 people in Los Angeles County with standard licenses had their info leaked in addition to 420 reserve police officers, 244 judge permits, and dozens of others who are employed at various jobs.
The website was taken down by Tuesday, but the damage had already been done. California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) President and General Counsel Chuck Michel released a statement calling the breach “stunning” and saying the CADOJ gave criminals a “shopping list” of homes to rob, judges to kill, and locations of rape survivors. The organization questioned whether it was an intentional act by an anti-2A activist in the department.
TheReload.com Founder Stephen Gutowski, who broke the story, posted a statement from Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) on Twitter that called for an investigation into the breach.
@DarrellIssa: “This is a shocking betrayal of trust by state officials, whether an act of corruption or incompetence. We must absolutely get to the truth of what happened and develop any legislative solutions that will ensure gun owners and their rights are protected.”
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) June 28, 2022
California Attorney General Rob Bonta (D) said his office is investigating the matter. Activists are calling on him to resign for the massive data leak that put many people in danger. What do you think should happen?
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