An individual recently filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to acquire the names and addresses of gun owners who have turned in their bump stocks to the police.
John Crump of AmmoLand reports that this individual made such a request “to create a publicly searchable database of these former owners.”
AmmoLand confirmed that the Washington State Patrol mailed out a letter that informed former bump stock owners that they received a FOIA request to build an online database. According to Crump, “The letter set the gun world on fire.”
This request is reminiscent to when a newspaper in New York state planned on posting a map of gun owners in order to humiliate them for owning firearms. Crump asserted that the publication of this information at the time would have acted “as a map to locations where criminals could likely find guns to steal, putting owners a greater risk.”
Crump posted an overview of the public records request:
“This is a public records request.
I seek to inspect any and all completed WSP bump stock buy back forms.
I seek to obtain the names and addresses where checks will be mailed for the bump stock buy-back program.
My intent is to create a searchable database and map of Washington state to overlay the locations.
The public has a right to know that these dangerous devices may have been in neighborhoods that they live in and who has previously owned such devices.”
Crump confirmed with Gretchen Doland of the Washington State Patrol that there was a letter sent out to gun owners informing them of the FOIA request to build an online database.
The information will be released unless a court order is filed by April 26th.
Dolan told AmmoLand, “If we don’t receive a court order, we will release the information of those that turned in bump stocks.”
According to Crump, there were two FOIA requests made.
The first request was made by Paul Holgate. Dolan revealed that the Holgate did not list a reason for the FOIA request. On a phone call with Dolan, AmmoLand confirmed that a reason is not required to make a FOIA request.
According to AmmoLand, Holgate is a Second Amendment advocate who was “trying to figure out what information they are storing on gun owners. I am just trying to keep them honest.”
AmmoLand verified Holgate’s story and found out that he has a history of pro-gun activities.
The second person making a FOIA request was Yati Arguna.
Based on extensive research, AmmoLand was not able to find any information on Arguna, the person who wants to build the database.
They suspect that the email Arguna used was a “burner” account. It has never been used anywhere on the Internet except for this FOIA request. AmmoLand could not find any information such as a place of residence, a phone, a job held, or a parking ticket to the name of Yati Arguna.
Additionally, Arguna did not list a home address or phone number.
Despite this lack of information, the Washington State Patrol is still going to release the information to Arguna.
In response, AmmoLand reached out to Gun Owners of America about the letter. Executive Director Erich Pratt was angry at this news and told AmmoLand that “Gun Owners of America and Gun Owners Foundation is looking into this matter.”
Pratt understands the implications of this move:
“This is an outrageous violation of privacy to dox individuals who complied with this law. This opens up these individuals to theft and harassment from anti-gun activists.”
AmmoLand has vowed to continue investigating into this manner.
Indeed, Washington was one of the states most affected by the 2018 gun control wave after the Parkland shooting.
Anti-gun forces have largely been shut out of power at the federal level, so they are now turning towards state legislatures or extralegal means to harass gun owners.
As more information becomes digital, gun owners face very real privacy threats from anti-gun activists and hackers.
Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation
Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.
If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.
Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional.
AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.
In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.
At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”
In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.”
Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”
According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”
When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”
Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.
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