The anti-gun government in California was recently granted access by a state appeals court to provide personal information pertaining to gun owners in The Golden State to researchers.
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) November 22, 2023
The state appeals court’s decision came after it reversed a ruling made in 2022 by a lower court judge who said that allowing California to provide personal information of law-abiding gun owners is a violation of privacy rights.
Despite this, the state appeals court said that such a measure is needed for the state government to study gun violence.
In 2021, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), a staunch advocate for the disarmament of Americans, signed a law permitting the state’s Department of Justice to study the personal information of over 4 million gun owners in The Golden State to help research institutions better analyze gun violence statistics, as reported by The Washington Times.
The information includes one’s name, address, phone number and criminal records, among other things. The law that Newsom signed allows the state to provide such information to research organizations but doesn’t permit such organizations to release any information about gun owners.
After the state appeals court decided to reverse the pro-privacy ruling, gun owners and gun rights organizations across California filed a lawsuit against the state government, arguing that providing their information is a violation of their rights to privacy.
A three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeals for the Fourth District reversed the lower court’s ruling on the grounds that it failed to consider the state’s interest in providing sensitive information about gun owners to prevent gun violence.
California Attorney General Rob Bonta (D) celebrated the state appeals court’s ruling, saying that when all legal challenges are said and done, The Golden State will continue providing information to research groups.
“The court’s decision is a victory in our ongoing efforts to prevent gun violence,” the state attorney general said in a statement, adding that the data sharing law “serves the important goal of enabling research that supports informed policymaking aimed at reducing and preventing firearm violence.”
The director of the California Firearm Violence Research Center at the University of California, Garen Wintemute, praised the state appeals court’s ruling, calling it an “important victory for science.”
“For more than 30 years, researchers at UC Davis and elsewhere have used the data in question to conduct vital research that simply couldn’t be done anywhere else. We’re glad to be able to return to that important work, which will improve health and safety here in California and across the country,” Wintemute added.