California DOJ’s Holiday Gifts to Gun Owners: Excessive Anti-Gun Regulations and A Violation of Privacy

Over the holidays, California gun owners were bombarded with several proposed anti-gun regulations from the California Department of Justice. First, DOJ sought “emergency” regulations regarding magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds which were eventually pulled from consideration but could resurface at any time. And just last week, DOJ submitted its proposed regulations for the registration of newly classified “assault weapons.”

Pursuant to the regulations, DOJ will require individuals to provide their name, address, telephone number, date of birth, sex, height, weight, eye color, hair color, military identification number, California Driver’s License or Identification Card number, U.S. citizen status, place of birth, country of citizenship, and any applicable alien registration number. Not only is this information in clear excess of what is actually required under the law, but providing any personal information to DOJ should give gun owners pause.

Just last week, DOJ’s Privacy Office began mailing letters like this one to certified Firearm Safety Instructors. The letter states that on October 14, 2016, DOJ inadvertently disclosed the name, date of birth, and California Driver’s License and/or Identification Card numbers of potentially every single DOJ certified Firearm Safety Instructor in California to an unknown requestor. DOJ allegedly discovered the breach on October 27—well over two months ago—but is just now notifying individuals.

As if this wasn’t already cause for concern, DOJ is attempting to include a “non-liability” clause in their proposed regulations requiring all individuals who voluntarily register their firearms as “assault weapons” to hold DOJ harmless for any liability for hardware, software, information, or other issues associated with the registration process. Essentially, DOJ is requiring individuals to waive their constitutionally protected right to privacy in order to participate in their constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms!

CRPA and NRA attorneys are currently reviewing this situation as it develops and will pursue all available remedies, including potential legal action. If you or someone you know has received a letter from DOJ indicating that their personal information was improperly disclosed, please sign up for CRPA and NRA email alerts to keep informed.

You can also send an email to: [email protected].

CRPA and NRA attorneys will also be hosting a free webinar for California gun owners regarding DOJ’s proposed “assault weapon” regulations on January 10, which you can register for here.


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