Gun rights group said that the California Attorney General should resign due to the reported leak of firearms owners’ data, according to Fox News.
Second Amendment activists consider the release of the personal information of thousands of Californians who own guns and have concealed carry permits by the office of Attorney General Rob Bonta to the public this week to be a serious invasion of privacy.
According to Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, the disclosure of information was either careless or maybe illegal on Wednesday.
“We believe that AG Rob Bonta is either massively incompetent, incredibly negligent, or willing to criminally leak information that he does not have the authority to leak,” Paredes said.
“This is so egregious that he should resign. He has placed tens of thousands of abiding citizens in California in harm’s way. That is not excusable with an ‘I’m sorry.'”
The state’s Democrat attorney general was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last year, and he announced in a press release Monday that the new portal was created with the purpose of improving “transparency and information sharing for firearms-related data.”
The state DOJ claimed that they were looking to protect “the personal identifying information in the data the Department collects and maintains,” at the time that large amounts of personal information on gun owners were released.
Only a few days after the important Second Amendment decision by the Supreme Court, the leak was first reported by the gun news website The Reload on Tuesday.
The details, which were acquired from the state’s database of people with concealed carry permits, contained the entire names of the thousands of gun owners, as well as their dates of birth, home addresses, races, and the dates on which their permits had been issued. Around 420 reserve police and 244 judges were apparently among those whose information was compromised on Monday, according to The Reload, which discovered this in the LA County database.
Information was posted to the California Department of Justice’s 2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal, and the website is now “temporarily unavailable,” and the California Attorney General’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment about the data leak.
A spokesperson from the AG’s office told Newsweek, “We are investigating an exposure of individuals’ personal information connected to the DOJ Firearms Dashboard. 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.”