Mike Garcia, California Republicans Demand Answers from CA DOJ in Concealed-Carry License Applicant Leak
Washington, July 13, 2022
Tags: National Security
Representative Mike Garcia (CA-25) and members of the California congressional delegation sent a letter to California Attorney General Robert Bonta regarding the recent leak of sensitive information for concealed-carry permit applicants from the last ten years by the California Department of Justice (DOJ).
Today, Representative Mike Garcia (CA-25) and members of the California congressional delegation sent a letter to California Attorney General Robert Bonta regarding the recent leak of sensitive information for concealed-carry permit applicants from the last ten years by the California Department of Justice (DOJ).
When the California DOJ updated their Firearms Dashboard Portal on June 27th, 2022, personal data of every individual who applied for a concealed-carry permit from 2011-2021 was uploaded to the website. The information leaked included names, birthdates, driver’s license numbers, addresses, and criminal histories. The data was removed the next day, but not until after it was downloaded multiple times.
Mike Garcia issued the following statement regarding the matter:
“A full investigation into this matter is completely necessary to find out how and why this breach of privacy occurred in our state. California must do what’s right to restore public confidence in the state’s Department of Justice,” said Mike Garcia. “I’m personally calling on Attorney General Bonta to take responsibility and ensure that we’re taking necessary action to get to the bottom of this utter catastrophe by the California Department of Justice.”
Several other cosigners of the letter issued the following statements:
“This is a shocking betrayal of trust by state officials, whether through corruption or incompetence. We must absolutely get to the truth of what happened and develop any legislative solutions that will ensure gun owners and their rights are protected,” said Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-50).
“Californians deserve answers and accountability for this unprecedented and dangerous leak of sensitive information. Due to either incompetence or an intentional illegal act private data was exposed, putting law-abiding Californians at risk. Concealed-carry permit holders are entitled to their 2nd Amendment rights without being subjected to unnecessary risks and exposure. If the leak was indeed intentional, all Americans should be concerned that radical Democrats are willing to undermine our democracy and institutions by leaking sensitive personal information when they lose a political or policy battle,” said Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-42).
“This vast leak of personal information on Californians is dangerous and inexplicable. The inability to guarantee the confidentiality of residents’ personal information is a sign of utter dysfunction in state administration. A thorough and timely investigation is needed to discover what happened and what steps we must take to prevent any similar violations of Californians’ trust,” said Rep. Connie Conway (CA-22).
“The concealed-carry permit data leaked by the California Department of Justice is an egregious mishandling of sensitive and private information. It has put countless people at risk across our state and especially in CA-08’s rural areas where 911 response times can exceed 45 minutes and where gun ownership is a part of the fabric of our culture,” said Rep. Jay Obernolte (CA-08). “It is critical that the California Department of Justice conduct a full and thorough investigation into this leak and take immediate steps to remediate the damage it has done.”
“The leak of concealed-carry permit holders’ personal information is unacceptable. We need to hold agencies like the DOJ to a higher standard for privacy if they are handling people’s personal data. I will continue demanding transparency and accountability on this outrageous breach of privacy,” said Rep. David Valadao (CA-21).
A copy of the letter can be accessed here.