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Gun-Rights Group Sues For CA Firearm Confiscation Files

A gun rights group has filed a lawsuit against Sacramento County, Ca., Sheriff Scott Jones, arguing that his agency violated the public’s right to access firearm confiscation records, including a gun violence restraining order for an alleged online hate group leader, the Sacramento Bee reports. The Firearms Policy Coalition argues that the Sheriff’s Office violated the California Public Records Act and the state constitution. “People have a right to know how the government is enforcing its laws and policies, especially in cases that involve the seizure of firearms and the suspension of fundamental, constitutionally enumerated rights,” said the group’s Adam Kraut. “We look forward to finding out what they’re hiding from us and all Californians.”

The gun rights group says the agency denied the group’s requests for access to firearm confiscations records and policies, including a recent incident in which the Sheriff’s Office worked with the FBI using California gun violence restraining orders to seize guns from a resident. The lawsuit cites requests for records involving a gun violence restraining order against Andrew Richard Casarez. The Orangevale, Ca., man has been accused of leading a white supremacist group. In August, Sacramento Superior Court Judge David De Alba ruled that Casarez cannot possess a gun for one year. Sheriff’s Office detectives obtained an an emergency restraining order against Casarez and seized a 9-milimeter firearm from him. The Sheriff’s Office had been investigating Casarez for alleged hate crimes after he allegedly posted online for years as Vic Mackey, the leader of a group inspired by mass shooter Dylann Roof known as the Bowl Patrol. It is named for the distinctive haircut Roof sported when he killed nine Black people at a Charleston, S.C., prayer meeting in 2015.