2A rights in Florida are slowly being eroded. The clock is ticking as to what, if anything, the residents will do about it. But one article in a local NBC media stated that deputies shared private gun information to other law enforcement agencies in a “weekly gun sales” document. In other words, the people who purchased a gun that week were being treated as dangers to society and they hadn’t even been accused of a crime.
Deputies with the Charlotte County and Sarasota County departments have reportedly been sending out the private information of gun sales to other law enforcement agencies. These are pawn shop gun sales, and are being retained past the 60 day limit stated in Florida statutes. They are being shared for what purpose? And is privacy important to your 2a rights?
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department stated that what they were doing was not against the law, and the State Attorney General issued a notice that what they were doing is not against the law.
Except that Florida statute 790.335(5) reads:
A list, record, or registry of legally owned firearms or law-abiding firearm owners is not a law enforcement tool and can become an instrument for profiling, harassing, or abusing law-abiding citizens based on their choice to own a firearm and exercise their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed under the United States Constitution. Further, such a list, record, or registry has the potential to fall into the wrong hands and become a shopping list for thieves.
So then privacy for 2a rights IS important under Florida statute. Also under Florida’s Pawnbroker Act, 539.001, it’s already a crime to pawn stolen goods, and anyone who does that is guilty of a felony. Why these counties are retaining the pawn records past the 60 day old period and sharing it with other law enforcement agencies is a question.
A gun owner’s rights advocacy group accused the Charlotte County and Sarasota County Sheriff’s Offices of illegally sharing private gun owner information with other law enforcement agencies.
A copy of an email from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office dated Dec. 3, 2013 showed a CCSO official emailing a North Port police official a weekly gun sales report. All of the information about the gun sales is blacked out, but you can see the CCSO official asked about an NPPD detective about running Sarasota County gun sale reports.Then in a letter dated Feb. 27, 2019, Jacksonville based attorney Eric Friday accused the Charlotte County and Sarasota County Sheriff’s Offices of sharing gun owners’ private information with other law enforcement. Friday represents Florida Carry Inc., a gun owner’s rights advocacy group.