The California Department of Justice, released the private data of firearm safety instructors, to an NPR reporter. According to the California Rifle and Pistol Association, the private information was disclosed as as result of the DOJ’s response, to a Public Records Act request by Aaron Mendelson, a reporter for Southern California Public Radio. The DOJ has told Mendelson to destroy the info and not to share the information.
He asked DOJ to provide “[a]ll data on Firearm Safety Certifications kept by the California Department of Justice,” including the “name, date, location, instructor and so on.” Mendelson also sought “any training materials instructors receive informing them how to submit Firearm Safety Certifications.” Notably, Mendelson himself understood and acknowledged that due to the breadth of information he was requesting about instructors, some of the information may be protected by privacy laws and therefore require redaction. In fact, he indicated that he fully expected the information provided to him by DOJ to include redacted material, and requested that he merely be notified of the legal justification for the expected redactions DOJ would make.