California’s Assault Weapon Registration Program Flops, Reveals Gun Owners Personal Info
The anti-gun lobby is doing everything it can to demonize the National Rifle Association, and when we see stories like this, it’s clear why.
The NRA has reported what they call a ‘massive breach’ in California’s Assault Weapons Registration Program.
After the assault weapon registration period closed, both the NRA and the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) started getting hundreds of complaints from people who said they were not able to comply with the registration law due to the fact that the DOJ online portal couldn’t handle all the traffic.
The site was plagued with errors, crashed as hundreds of thousands of law-abiding gun-owning California residents attempted to comply with the law. Owing to the fact that the DOJ provided only one means to register “assault weapons” those who were not able to access the site in time have no other way to comply with the law.
Now, if we can just stop here for a moment and inject some dearly needed sanity… Let us not forget that there is no real definition of an “assault weapon.” This is a term that was brought to us by Hollywood because it sounds cool. It was readily picked up by anti-gun news sources since it defies clarity making reporting on “assault weapons” that much easier.
If you wanted, you could reasonably say that an “assault weapon” is one designed for use in war. But the truth is many weapons of war are less deadly than a shotgun loaded with slug ammunition. So this is just another example of how CA gets it wrong on guns.
But this data bottleneck combined with a short registration window isn’t the “data breach” that the NRA was talking about in its report. There has been a slew of reports that the information of users was improperly disclosed to other users as this registration was going on.
Several reports have confirmed that people attempting to register their guns had their information given to other users. The information divulged gave the wrong users access to accounts that did not belong to them. All the evidence suggests that these data cross contaminations were due to the poor design of the site and the problem of the data choke point. Information improperly shared included addresses, payment information, phone numbers, email addresses, passwords, and pin numbers.
Not surprisingly, this isn’t the only time California’s Dept. of Justice has screwed up this badly in this way. In 2016, CA DOJ admitted that it had accidentally released the names, birth dates, driver’s license numbers and other sensitive information about people who attempted to register their guns as commanded by state law.
In response to the first flub up, the CA DOJ issued free one year memberships to an ID security service. Yeah, we’re shaking our heads too.
The problems with the website, in addition to the brief window of opportunity, were similar to those that plagued the Obama health care registration website. It would appear that liberals either refuse to hire proper IT people to do their coding, or they just think it’s funny to watch law abiding citizens hit their heads against walls.
And, of course, there is the overwhelming lack of sensibility stemming from the fact that criminals would never go to a website to register any so-called assault weapons that they may own.
Now, despite the fact that the CA DOJ is the one responsible for so many people failing to register their weapons those who have not registered their guns are at risk of being held in violation of the law.
To help out, the NRA and the CRPA have put together a team of attorneys who are developing a bulletin on how to stay out of jail. The bulletin provides summaries of the legal options available to those who either missed the window or who are unwilling to label their guns as “assault weapons.”
At present, attorneys from both organizations are examining the legal situations members may find themselves in soon. These organizations have earned a reputation for standing up for their members.
That’s why, if you’re a gun owner, being a member of the NRA or similar groups like the USCCA or CRPA is a good way to protect your right to self-defense and the right of other Americans to keep their guns where they belong.
~ National Gun News