Florida Police Working with FINDER Method to Produce Lists of Gun Owners

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Tallahassee, FL-(Ammoland.com)- Earlier this month AmmoLand brought its reader a story of an alleged illegal gun list compiled by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Division applying the FINDER technique in Florida.

Pawnbrokers are essential to enter data on firearms transactions into the FINDER technique. The technique transmits the serial quantity of the firearm along with the make and model to the neighborhood sheriffs’ division to make confident that the particular person pawning the gun, did not steal it. A bug in the technique also transmitted the names and addresses of the transfers to neighborhood law enforcement. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Division applied the data to build a list of gun owners.

In Florida, it is a felony for law enforcement agencies to retain a list of gun owners beneath Florida Statute 790.335. The Charles County State’s Attorney’s Workplace determined that the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Division did not violate any laws in complying the list. Right after the final results of the investigation, Florida Carry asked the Lawyer General’s Workplace of the state to carry out an independent investigation.

AmmoLand has found with the assist of reporter Andrew Sheets that abuse of the FINDER technique seems to extend previous Charlotte County into surrounding jurisdictions. It is not clear how far the abuses extend across the state.

Emails obtained by Mr. Sheets and AmmoLand shows that the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Division shared their list with other departments. A single of the other law enforcement agencies that the Sheriff shared their list with is the North Port Police division.

The Sarasota Sheriff’s Workplace has also been compiling a list applying the FINDER technique. Extra disturbing is that the Sheriff offered an unredacted list of pawn transactions by means of e-mail to Mr. Sheets. The file includes not only data about the firearm, but also the names of the particular person pawning the gun, placing them at danger of robbery and violating their privacy rights.

AmmoLand received a tip that the FINDER technique was never ever supposed to release the gun owner’s private data to law enforcement organizations. We spoke to a help group member off the record, and they told AmmoLand that the technique has been fixed and no longer transmits something outdoors the serial quantity and make and model of the firearm.

It appears like there was a systemic failure in the FINDER technique. The pawn reporting technique was not in compliance with Florida law. It appears like the IT organization that maintains the technique has now fixed the database only to transmit the right information. It also seems the information transmitted is now in compliance with present Florida law.

AmmoLand has created various attempts to get in touch with any person at Law Enforcement Technologies &amp Investigation (LETTR) to get a comment on the abuse of the FINDER technique. The non-profit corporation has decided not to respond to any get in touch with by AmmoLand. It is not identified when LETTR fixed the pawn technique, or when they found that the database was out of compliance with Florida law.

Initially, final May possibly, Charles County State’s Attorney’s Workplace investigated the claims of abuse of the FINDER technique. The workplace released their findings, stating that there was not an abuse of the pawn database and that the Charlotte Sheriff’s Division did almost everything legally.

Florida Carry was shocked by Charles County State’s Attorney’s determination. AmmoLand then reached out to ASA Anthony Kunasek to get clarification as to why he and the workplace did not think that there was a violation in the law. To us and lots of gun-rights advocates the abuse of the technique was reduce and dry.

Due to the fact of the difficult function of Florida Carry, and the stress from the public, State Lawyer Amira Fox’ workplace has now opened an investigation into the origin and background of the failure of the FINDER technique. Florida Carry says that they appear forward to the final results of her investigation.

AmmoLand will track the developments in the investigation and inform readers of the outcome.


About John CrumpJohn Crump

John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be discovered at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement like three%’ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed individuals of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is at present operating on a book on leftist deplatforming techniques and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crumpy.com.



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