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.