Why does the California government want everyone to know the identities of all the law-abiding gun owners in its state?
Last week the Supreme Court issued a decision striking down a New York gun law that puts unconstitutional restrictions on concealed carry of a gun out in public, as the Globe reported.
Less than one week later, it appears the California Attorney General leaked the state database of names and addresses of the state's legal gun owners and concealed carry permit holders.
According to The Reload:
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 includes the person's full name, race, home address, date of birth, and date their permit was issued. The data also shows the type of permit issued, indicating if the permit holder is a member of law enforcement or a judge.
It's worth pointing out that the California attorney general's office actually bragged about releasing these data earlier this week:
"Transparency is key to increasing public trust between law enforcement and the communities we serve," said Attorney General Bonta. "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."
Sooo in the AG's eyes, "Putting power and information into the hands of our communities" is apparently synonymous with "endangering the lives of hundreds of gun owners in order to punish them for exercising a constitutional right."
That's California for you!
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