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In September of 2021, Newsom signed Assembly Bill 173 into law.
The bill requires the California Department of Justice to supply information identifying firearm and ammunition purchasers to a newly created research center at the University of California Davis or any other university that requests them. The information includes details such as the buyer’s name, address, date of birth, what they purchased, when and where they bought it, and more.
The stated purpose of the bill is concerning, especially in light of the corrupt and lucrative relationship between the State of California and the UC system (which is actually some kind of adjunct organization to the state.) I can only assume that the inclusion of “any other university” only multiplies access to personal data across all public and private self-named universities. And given that the entire UC system has gone full-out woke, even leading the way, (along with nearly all institutions falling into the category of any other university), how can we not suspect that they would find some educational reason to share that information with the woke student population currently under indoctrination who might later pursue their life purpose of woke-ness by targeting everyday law-abiding gun owners?
A grim scenario to be sure.
So … they told us back in September what they were going to do.
Fast forward. Yesterday, I ran across a RED ALERT headline on Citizen Free Press. Here’s a screenshot for those who didn’t see it:
CFP linked to this site for the full story.
On Monday of this week, the State of California AG leaked the entire statewide roster of gun owners (downloadable as a spreadsheet, no less). Maybe the UC system was too slow on the uptake for Newsom.
California gun owners have been put at risk by the Attorney General’s office after a new dashboard leaked their personal information.
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.
The information is out, and there is no putting the genie back in the bottle.
It occurred to me that the leak was purposeful. I have no evidence. But … I happen to know that the state staff working in the trenches of technology, despite being led by politically-driven bureaucrats, are typically quite competent in the areas of PII and HIPAA data protection. For this kind of data to be leaked by accident is highly unlikely. I’d say there is more to the story.
The irony? The 2nd Amendment aims to ensure that the populous can protect itself against the tyranny of the government.
It looks to me like the government may have just poked the populous bear.Published in