California’s DOJ Responds After Gun Owner Private Data Gets Leaked

( After a gun database including the names, license numbers, addresses, and other private information of thousands of California gun owners was compromised on Wednesday, the state’s Department of Justice finally spoke out.

Gun owners whose private information was leaked are receiving credit monitoring services from the state Department of Justice.

The DOJ said in the statement that it would personally contact people who have been touched by this occurrence and would offer directions to sign up for this program.

All gun owners seeking a concealed carry permit between 2011 and 2021 had their data exposed due to a breach. The public information includes the gun owners’ names, dates of birth, genders, races, license numbers, residences, and criminal histories.

The breach revealed thousands of civilians, including 244 judges and 420 reserve officers.

The Assault Weapon Registry, Handguns Certified for Sale, Dealer Record of Sale, Firearm Certificate Safety, and Gun Violence Restraining Order was among the five additional gun registries whose information was hacked.

According to the statement, the DOJ is looking into the degree to which any personally identifiable information may have leaked from those dashboards and will provide more details as soon as it is confirmed.

According to the DOJ, persons on the list’s social security numbers were not disclosed.

Attorney General Rob Bonta stated that this unlawful dissemination of personal information is abhorrent and falls well short of his expectations for this agency. He immediately started an inquiry at the California Department of Justice into how this happened, and he’ll take severe corrective action where it’s called.

Bonta declared, “I am profoundly worried and incensed.”

According to California Penal Code 530.5, the DOJ stated that anybody found in possession of or using the private information stolen from the register is guilty of a felony. According to the law, every person who “willfully acquires personal identifying information” shall be penalized “by a fine, by imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed one year, or by both a fine and imprisonment.”

The Daily Caller was informed by Aidan Johnson, director of Federal Affairs at Gun Owners of America, that the disclosure showed a significant disregard for the privacy of California gun owners.

According to Johnson, “this ‘mistake’ by anti-gun California officials shows extreme incompetence or brazen disrespect for the privacy of persons who choose to protect themselves with a handgun in public. “Gun owner registries are a grave violation of the Second Amendment, especially for people authorized to carry weapons in public.”