By: Ophelia Garrett
The office of California's Attorney General Rob Bonta released the personal information of thousands of California gun owners and concealed carry permit holders to the public this week. Second Amendment activists see it as a major breach of privacy.
Whether it was deliberate or accidental has yet to be determined.
"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," Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California told Fox News.
The breach transpired after the state launched its “2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal” on Monday. The website was made to increase the “transparency and information sharing for firearms-related data.”
The website was taken down following the breach, but it is unknown how long the information was available online. There are concerns it was copied and circulated publicly, according to the sheriff’s office.
It has been reported the list contained 244 judge permits in the database with all of their personal information listed, along with seven custodial officers, 63 people with a place of employment permit, and 420 reserve officers. Nearly 3,000 people in Los Angeles County with standard licenses had their data breached as well
Among the information that could be downloaded were the names, ages, and addresses of gun permit holders, the attorney general’s office said in a statement Tuesday. It didn’t disclose how many people may have been affected.
When interviewed, many of those whose info was leaked stated they had the permits due to ongoing safety concerns such as stalking, being victims of domestic violence, or some other reason that already made them feel unsafe. Now, they feel as if their government has put a target on their back.
“The attorney general has put the lives of judges, prosecutors, domestic violence victims and everyday citizens at risk by releasing this sensitive confidential information that gives criminals a map to their homes.” — Chuck Michel, president of the California Rifle & Pistol Association advocacy group.