Democrats pushing for universal background checks and gun registration promise that such government records will be kept private and secure. Well, that’s what they told gun license holders in London and too, and now at least 2 private companies were given access to those private and safe records. The same thing could and probably will happen here in the US, given the chance.
Every month it seems as if another corporation is apologizing to customers for a wide-ranging data breach. Despite its nearly limitless resources, the federal government has fared little better, proving itself incapable of protecting the sensitive information of its own employees from hackers. While there are important steps that businesses and government can take to help to protect vital information, the simple truth is that the sharing and collection of electronic data facilitates these sorts of breaches.
Last month, London’s Metropolitan Police Service announced that they had contacted London’s 30,000 firearms certificate holders as part of an alleged initiative to combat firearm theft. Leaflets were sent to licensed gun owners encouraging them to purchase anti-theft product SmartWater. SmartWater is an invisible liquid that is meant to be applied to valuables. According to the Metropolitan Police, Law enforcement is able to use UV light to identify items marked with SmartWater and return them to their rightful owner.
Alerting gun owners to a new anti-theft product is not in itself terrible – even though UK gun owners are already subject to burdensome storage requirements – but it is how the Metropolitan Police went about sharing this information with gun owners that has members of the UK gun community fuming…
Frankly, having gun license records in the hands of the government is the greatest danger to begin. Private companies may just inundate gun owners with tons of junk mail, but the government can be far more dangerous and insidious having those records. They are the ones who could eventually come barging into you home to confiscate your guns not the private companies, although what happened in London is alarming in itself.