California DOJ leaks some gun owners personal information

June 30, 2022

California Attorney General Rob Bonta


The California Department of Justice has inadvertently made public the personal information of many concealed carry permit holders, as well as individuals who were denied citizen concealed weapon (CCW) permits.

On Monday, the DOJ updated its Firearms Dashboard Portal. Amid the update, the DOJ exposed the personal information of individuals who were granted or denied a concealed carry permit between 2011 and 2021.

The information exposed in the data breach included individuals’ names, birthdates, genders, races and criminal history. The breach did not expose social security numbers or any financial information, according to the DOJ.

Data and personal information were accessible to the public in a spreadsheet on the Firearms Dashboard Portal. The personal information remained publicly accessible for less than 24 hours, the DOJ says.

After learning of the data exposure, the DOJ took steps to remove the information from public view and shut down the Firearms Dashboard. The DOJ shut down the dashboard Tuesday morning.

“This unauthorized release of personal information is unacceptable and falls far short of my expectations for this department,” Attorney General Rob Bonta said in a statement. “I immediately launched an investigation into how this occurred at the California Department of Justice and will take strong corrective measures where necessary. The California Department of Justice is entrusted to protect Californians and their data. We acknowledge the stress this may cause those individuals whose information was exposed. I am deeply disturbed and angered.”

In accordance with state law, the DOJ will notify individuals whose data was exposed and will provide additional information and resources.

The DOJ asks that anyone who accessed the personal information that was exposed to respect the privacy of affected individuals and not share or disseminate any of it. Possession or use of personal identifying information for an unlawful purpose may constitute a crime, the DOJ says.

Following the data breach, the California State Sheriffs’ Association (CSSA) issued a public alert, stating it is alarmed by what transpired. It appears that, prior to the breach being detected by the DOJ, the personal information had been copied, and at least some of it was posted online, according to the CSSA.

“It is infuriating that people who have been complying with the law have been put at risk by this breach,” CSSA President and Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said. “California’s sheriffs are very concerned about this data breach and the risk it poses to California’s CCW permit holders.”

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I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that this was done intentionally.

I will be surprised if anyone is held responsible.

Who was the project manager for this project? What was the goal of this project? Who provided quality control for this project? We need to see records for testing.

Who was the govt employee that signed off on this? Did Bonta himself sign off on this?

The Democrats Obstructing Justice should NOT be investigating themselves. No one will be satisfied. An objective outside agency should be investigating. People need to be held personally responsible. Those responsible should be fired and personally sued into bankruptcy. Bonta should be fired.

Yes, and to your point regarding who should investigate, a grand jury perhaps? Bonita should resign.

Hopefully they have my Address Correct,

Bad guys should keep moving up to SLO,

The Progressive government is so much easier to Fleece.

The Buckshot stops here.

“… inadvertently made public…” Yeah, right….

“… is unacceptable… and falls short of my expectations…” Yeah, right…..

“… will take strong corrective measures….” Yeah, right…..

“I am deeply disturbed and angered.” Yeah, right…..

“… may constitute a crime…” Duh.

Yup, there we have it, folks- our government protecting and watching out for us, and caring for virtually all our essential needs and interests………

Yeah, right.

“inadvertently”, wrong this was done on purpose, Rob Bonta should be prosecuted but we all know he will get away with it.

“..and will take strong corrective measures where necessary.”

Translated: ‘An extra Caramel Macchiato with Soy milk to the winner of our inter-office contest, “Oopsie, I let out the personal info!”. Congratulations, and well done!’

“has inadvertently made public the personal information of many concealed carry permit holders, as well as individuals who were denied citizen concealed weapon (CCW) permits.”

Inadvertently my rear-end. I call a big BS on that. It was as intentional as a summer day is long.

Anyone who believes this was an “accidental” release of personal information is quite naive! This is how the left operates. Break the law in order to damage your political opponents and then claim – oops that was just an accident. The damage is done and there are no consequences for them. The same technique is used by Twitter, Facebook etc to block ideas they are afraid of.

“Inadvertently made public, personal information of many concealed carry permit holders.” This was no accident. They know exactly what they’re doing.

It doesn’t stop me. I already increased my right to do this years ago. It doesn’t bother me who knows. I’m legal and protected knowing crime best not come knocking at my door or any in my family.

Sue, Sue, Sue, Sue