California AG’s office leaks personal data of thousands of gun owners

In a shocking development, the Daily Caller reported this week that thousands of California gun owners had their names and home addresses leaked by the state attorney general’s office. 

California AG touts “transparency”

That happened when the information was inadvertently made public a day after California Attorney General Bonta put out a press release concerning the Firearms Dashboard Portal his office oversees.

“Transparency is key to increasing public trust between law enforcement and the communities we serve,” Bonta said in a statement.

“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,” he continued.

“One of my continued priorities is to better provide information needed to help advance efforts that strengthen California’s common sense gun laws,” the state official insisted.

He concluded by saying, “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.”

Following the leak, Attorney General Bonta’s Press Office responded to a request for comment from the Daily Caller by saying, “We are investigating an exposure of individuals’ personal information connected to the DOJ Firearms Dashboard.”

“Any unauthorized release of personal information is unacceptable,” the press office continued, adding, “We are working swiftly to address this situation and will provide additional information as soon as possible.”

Gun rights group says owners have been put “in harm’s way”

The Daily Caller noted that in addition to their full names and addresses being made public, gun owners also had their birthdays exposed as well.

The massive data leak affects thousands of ordinary gun owners along with 244 judges and 420 reserve police officers.

Sam Paredes serves as executive director of Gun Owners of California, and he told Fox News, “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.”

“This is so egregious that he should resign. He has placed tens of thousands of abiding citizens in California in harm’s way,” Paredes insisted, adding, “That is not excusable with an ‘I’m sorry.'”

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