Another reason not to have a firearms registry

A list of guns along with who owns them and (in this case) where the firearm is stored (to comply with Australian safe storage requirements) makes a very tempting target for criminals.
Sgt Good said that he had become concerned for the safety of gun owners when the single-file database, containing gun owner addresses, was moved from a high-security storage system to an unsecure intranet accessed by 16,000 police and civilian staff for at least 18 months to December 2010... Sgt Good would not speculate on any direct link between gun theft and the unlawful release of gun owner details, however, anecdotal evidence shows that thefts had occurred shortly after police had carried out an audit at a gun storage location.
In the US, we've had similar incidents of burglary following newpaper publication of New York's gun registry. In the Australian case, access was limited to a police intranet in an application with absolutely no audit trail. Government rarely has any real respect for the privacy of your information. Trusting government with information about your guns is an idea at least as bad as trusting government with information about your health care.

This entry was published Tue Jul 30 03:05:09 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-07-30 03:05:09.0. [Tweet]

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