California gun owners and advocates said they were left “horrified” after a data breach within the state’s Department of Justice exposed the personal information of thousands of gun owners who applied for a concealed carry permit over the last decade.
“We are absolutely horrified,” Sam Paredes, executive director of the Gun Owners of California, told KCRA 3. “The biggest concern is, now you have given a roadmap to anybody with evil intent.”
The California DOJ confirmed the data breach on Wednesday and has launched an investigation. The breach followed an update to the state’s Firearms Dashboard Portal Monday, and exposed personal information for people who were granted or denied concealed carry permits between 2011 and 2021.
“Based on the Department’s current investigation, the incident exposed the personal information of individuals who were granted or denied a concealed and carry weapons (CCW) permit between 2011-2021. The information exposed included names, date of birth, gender, race, driver’s license number, addresses, and criminal history,” the state’s DOJ said in a statement.
The breach reportedly did not expose Social Security numbers or financial information. The Reload was the first to report on the breach Tuesday and found in the LA County database that about 420 reserve officers and 244 judges were also among those who had their information leaked.
“This is an alarming situation,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea, president of the California State Sheriffs’ Association, told KCRA 3.
“At the end of the day, I think that there’s been a real loss of peace of mind on the part of many law-abiding citizens,” Honea added. “Now, they have to be concerned about falling into the wrong hands and being used in a way that causes them harm.”
Paredes told Fox News on Wednesday that Attorney General Rob Bonta should resign over the leak, arguing he “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 harms way. That is not excusable with an ‘I’… (Read more)