Charlotte County, FL –-(Ammoland.com)- It is alleged that the Charlotte County, Florida Sheriff’s Division has been illegally holding gun owners’ individual info, according to Florida Carry.
As reported by thegunwriter.com, Florida Carry sent a letter to Lawyer Common Ashley Moody demanding that she launches a statewide investigation into law enforcement’s “illegal abuse, misuse, and common operation of the FINDER database such as the compilation of lists of gun owners, and illegal retention of records.”
Florida Carry is alleging that the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Division has committed a felony by unlawfully storing gun owner’s info. According to Florida Statute 790.335, No government agency can “knowingly and willfully maintain or lead to to be kept any list, record, or registry of privately owned firearms or any list, record, or registry of the owners of these firearms.”
Pawn shops need to enter all pawn transactions into the FINDER database. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Division, beneath the path of Sheriff Bill Prummell, took it upon themselves to information-mine these transactions to investigate the folks pawning their firearms.
In the act of pawning, a particular person searching for a brief-term loan puts up an item as collateral for money. As soon as the debtor pays off the loan, the pawnshop returns their home. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Division has been maintaining records of these transactions, such as the names of the debtor, the firearm, and serial numbers of the guns.
Florida Carry sees this as a violation of the Sunshine State’s Statute against working with this info to build records of firearms owners. The Florida primarily based gun rights organization is not the only group that finds this practice disturbing. Matthew Patterson, Director of State and Regional Affairs for Gun Owners of America, stands behind Florida Carry and their issues.
“Gun Owners of America share the issues brought to light by Florida Carry, Inc. more than the blatant mishandling and abuse of this information by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Division and Sheriff Bill Prummell, in clear violation of Florida Statute,” Patterson told AmmoLand. “This is not only unlawful and unethical but also demonstrates that law enforcement and other government agencies are much more than prepared to use information and info on gun owners to make a functioning registry, even if that implies breaking the law themselves.”
“This is a prime instance of why Gun Owners of America is against any program that collects and shops info on gun owners, such as Universal Background Checks. It is unknown no matter whether other sheriffs’ agencies in Florida are sustaining equivalent records even so, we at Gun Owners of America stand behind Florida Carry, Inc. in their calls for an investigation into these illegal activities.”
According to Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department’s internal emails, the practice has been going on at least due to the fact 2013. In February of this year, Florida Carry supplied info to the state about Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department’s violation of the law
In May perhaps, the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Workplace reported that they had investigated equivalent incidents but determined the Sherriff’s Division did not violate the statute. The investigation was carried out by ASA Anthony Kunasek.
Kunasek is the head of the Particular Prosecution Unit. Florida Carry reached out to Kunasek and explained what was incorrect with his investigation and outlined all violations of the law carried out by the Sheriff’s Division. He reviewed the proof but refused to alter his conclusion.
Florida Carry is now calling on the Lawyer General’s Workplace of Florida to carry out an independent investigation of the abuse of the FINDER database to mine info about Gun Owners. The lawyer common has not responded to the demand.
AmmoLand News reached out to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Division. They supplied AmmoLand with a letter [below] by the investigator who investigated the charge. He states that the emails in query did include the firearms and the owner’s info, but it was not a list. He named the “retention of these emails of no consequence.”
AmmoLand reached out to the AG’s workplace but did not acquire a response at this time.
Charlotte County Sheriff’s Division, Alleged Illegal List of Gun Owners Letter Response
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