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Nathan Hochman condemns Rob Bonta’s concealed carry weapon data disaster

Nathan Hochman for California Attorney General, issued the following statement on the revelation that California Attorney General Rob Bonta published the private information of the state’s conceal carry permit holders last week.

“On June 27th, California Attorney General Rob Bonta presided over one of the largest breaches of data privacy in the California Department of Justice’s history,” Hochman said. “In releasing its 2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal, following the Supreme Court’s Second Amendment decision in Bruen, Bonta claimed that he was trying to improve transparency by sharing firearms-related data about the issuance of Concealed Carry Weapons permits and Gun Violence Restraining Orders. ‘Transparency is key to increasing public trust between law enforcement and the communities we serve,’ said Bonta in his press statement. Instead of increasing trust, Bonta’s massive leak of privacy data of hundreds of judges, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and domestic violence victims’ full names, home addresses, and dates of birth has irreparably broken the public’s trust in Bonta’s ability to handle extremely sensitive and private data. Bonta’s Department of Justice has now facilitated criminals’ ability to target the homes of hundreds of judges, law enforcement officers, prosecutors and domestic violence victims. His feeble solution to provide ‘credit monitoring services’ to those affected is like trying to put a band-aid on a potentially life-threatening wound. If he were president of a public company, such a grave error would result in the board firing him immediately. As Attorney General, the public will have that chance when it votes him out of office in November.”

About Hochman:

Hochman has served as an Assistant US Attorney for the Central District of California and as a US Assistant Attorney General for the US Department of Justice. Hochman has also worked as a civil litigator, defense and appellate attorney, and general counsel, and clerked for a US District Court Judge. His years of community involvement include membership on numerous charitable boards and serving as President of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission.

This article was released by Nathan Hochman for Attorney General 2022.