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Washington: NRA Backs Lawsuit to Prevent Public Database of Gun Owners

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Washington: NRA Backs Lawsuit to Prevent Public Database of Gun Owners

On April 23rd, NRA backed the filing of a lawsuit to prevent the public disclosure of the names and addresses of gun owners who voluntarily surrendered their bump-fire stocks for compensation in the program administered by the Washington State Patrol.  Recently, an anti-gun activist filed a public records request in order to build a searchable database of those who previously owned these firearm accessories and surrendered them in good faith.  NRA will soon file a request for a temporary restraining order against any release of this information.

The 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.”

Washington State already protects personally identifying information for Concealed Pistol Licensees and applicants as well as the information of other participants in government services and programs – such as public utility customers, patrons of public libraries, transit pass users, ride-sharing program participants, and many others.  Public disclosure and the creation of a searchable database of these records serves no purpose other than opening up gun owners for harassment or burglary.

Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on this issue and others affecting our Second Amendment rights in Washington.

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