SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Attorney General’s office placed legal gun owners in California at risk after the release of an online dashboard leaked the personal information of said firearm owners.

On June 27th, AG Rob Bonta’s office announced the release of the “2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal,” available through the Department of Justice’s “OpenJustice Platform.”

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At the time of the announcement, AG Bonta proclaimed that said dashboard would be a tool in increasing “transparency” while additionally empowering communities with “information” so as to better understand issues revolving around firearms in California.

“Transparency is key to increasing public trust between law enforcement and the communities we serve. As news of tragic mass shootings continue to dominate the news cycle, leaving many with feelings of fear and uncertainty, we must do everything we can to prevent gun violence.

“One of my continued priorities is to better provide information needed to help advance efforts that strengthen California’s commonsense gun laws. Today’s announcement puts power and information into the hands of our communities by helping them better understand the role and potential dangers of firearms within our state.”

According to the state AG’s announcement of the dashboard, the following information was what was meant to be available through the online portal:

  • Dealer Record of Sales
  • Gun Violence Restraining Orders
  • Carry Concealed Weapons Permits
  • Firearms Safety Certificates
  • Assault Weapons
  • Roster of Certified Handguns

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It turns out that there was a whole lot more information available than merely the aforementioned, as firearm news outlet The Reload claimed that personal information of firearm owners such as “the person’s full name, race, home address, date of birth, and date their [concealed carry] permit was issued,” was also available on the portal.

Additionally, the type of concealed carry permit was also included, thereby revealing if the firearm owner was either a judge or worked in law enforcement.

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Overall, private information relating to 244 concealed carry permits issued to judges were compromised, alongside “seven custodial officers, 63 people with a place of employment permit, and 420 reserve officers.” As for the average citizen, a total of “2,891 people in Los Angeles County with standard licenses also had their information compromised by the leak.”

Furthermore, all of the abovementioned leaked data was available for download “via a button on the website’s mapping feature,” according to The Reload. Within 24 hours, the online portal had all the personal information removed from public view, yet the proverbial damage was already done.

A spokesperson from AG Bonta’s office acknowledged the leak, stating, “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.”

Meanwhile, the California Rifle & Pistol Association is not taking the leak lightly, with the outfit’s president, Chuck Michel, stating that “litigation” may be in the future over this leak.

“Vindictive sore loser bureaucrats have endangered people’s lives and invited conflict by illegally releasing confidential private information. 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 2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal has been temporarily disabled, ostensibly for the private information that was released to be scrubbed.

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