Saturday, June 22, 2024

California Gives Academics Access to Gun Owners’ Personal Information


Last week, Gov. signed Assembly Bill 173 into law. The bill gives predominately left-wing researchers access to the personal information collected by the state on owners of , gun parts and ammunition.

With the stroke of a pen, the California Firearm Violence Research Center can easily access that information. California's 4.2 million gun owners have long viewed the collection of their information with suspicion, especially after confiscation attempts within the past decade. (

In 2018, California passed the California Consumer Privacy Act, which guarantees your right to “delete your personal information [possessed by businesses] and [make them] not…sell your personal information.” But that right to keep your information to yourself does not apply when the snoops work for the government.

Roy M. Griffith Jr., legislative director of the California Rifle & Pistol Association, wrote a letter to Newsom asking him not to sign this law. Griffith pointed out that by