Payam Javan: The California Department of Justice briefly made available the residents addresses of each person in the state who has a concealed carry permit. Gun legislation publication The Reload examined the tool’s Los Angeles County data and discovered that 244 permit holders had judge-specific carry authorization.
The judges’ residential addresses were stored in the database, which posed a security risk. The attorney general of California, praised the database for providing transparency to the state’s concealed carry laws.
Given that California is not exactly known for its transparency, it is puzzling that the state’s attorney general prioritizes disclosing data on private individuals who are allowed to carry firearms.
The utility went offline after reporting on the database on Tuesday, indicating the disclosure of personally-identifying information may have been accidental or unintentional.
It’s unusual for a state attorney general to make a public database of people with concealed carry permits. Even so, this is not the first time California has disclosed data on gun owners.
According to RedState, the California Department of Justice unintentionally exposed the home addresses of each state-registered firearms instructor in 2016. Kamala Harris served as the attorney general of California during the time.