Lax Data Security at National Association for Gun Rights Website

By John Richardson and Paul Lathrop

The Polite Society Podcast
The Polite Society Podcast

USA --(Ammoland.com)- On Friday evening we were contacted by Jeff Hulsey, a retired gunsmith from the Gulf Coast region of Texas.

Jeff had a problem. Starting back in August of 2013 He began receiving emails at his personal email inbox, which is through the popular Gmail domain, that it did not appear were intended for him.

The emails were from the National Association for Gun Rights, a Colorado based 501c4 organization with the stated purpose of “Educating gun owners and gun rights’ supporters in gun rights issues both at the local and federal level”.

Jeff provided an email that he had redacted the identifying information from. The information, such as email address of the sender and the sender’s telephone number as well as any other information of a personal nature provided in the body of the email seemed to be forwarded from inside the organization.

At the top of the email sent to us was a one word sentence. “Rebuttal?”

Lax Data Security at National Association for Gun Rights Website
Lax Data Security at National Association for Gun Rights Website

To Jeff, this looked like a simple mistake. It looked like someone had the wrong email address and was forwarding him email incorrectly. He tried to contact NAGR and got no response. He has since received about one email a month from them following the same pattern.

What concerns Jeff is the fact that even though he is trying to point out the fairly obvious error that they are making that they are leaking personal information to an unknown source. We asked Jeff if these emails were truly unsolicited.

He replied, “Absolutely unsolicited. The only dealings I’ve ever had with the NAGR were to score a couple of stickers for the side of my toolbox. I’m not even a member.”

When asked if the rest of the emails looked like the email he provided to us he stated;

“Yes. It’s random questions from people who visited their “Contact Us” page, then forwarded by someone within their organization for follow-up or review. Some of them contain some very specific personal information, like the USPS worker who details which facility he works at in pursuit of an answer to a legal question.”

The privacy policy listed on website for NAGR states in part that “We have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information we collect online.”

Jeff has tried to get National Association for Gun Rights to correct this situation with no results. He’s gone to his local Better Business Bureau hoping that they could get NAGR to fix this situation with similar results. Out of his frustration over the situation, he is going public with it in the hopes that Dudley Brown and National Association for Gun Rights can get their act together.

More importantly, he says that “NAGR needs to come clean on this and admit to fumbling private data, and openly implement measures to prevent it from happening again. Scrubbing my email from their lists isn’t good enough. They need to go through every email they’ve been forwarding mail to, every list they maintain, and make sure each email on that list belongs there.”

We agree.

The National Association for Gun Rights wants to be considered a major player on the gun rights front. At least that is what you are led to believe from the daily emails that they are sending out to what must be millions on their email lists. Of course, for those of us who know better, it is just spam.

An outgrowth of Dudley Brown’s Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, they have started to try and insert themselves into the gun politics of states other than Colorado. This is often in opposition to groups like the NRA and state-level gun rights organizations.

Privacy and data security is a serious issue and needs to be taken seriously. If National Association for Gun Rights wants to be taken seriously, they need to do something about this issue and sooner than later.

National Association for Gun Rights Response
National Association for Gun Rights Response

We attempted to get in touch with NAGR both through their website and through a Facebook message. As of the time we went public with this story we had only gotten return messages from the Facebook message. About 4 hours after we sent the message we received a link from them pointing to their privacy policy. No other commentary was provided. A return message was sent stating that it was they themselves that were violating their policy.

We received a one word reply. “Huh?”

About The Polite Society Podcast
My name is Paul Lathrop. On February 3, 2012, Susan Lathrop and I started the Politics and Guns podcast. I guess that makes us executive producers. I felt a need to speak about our government eroding our human right of self-defense. The way to fix things was through the political system, a system I believe in. That leads us immediately to politics. Politics and Guns is the result. Visit: http://politicsandguns.com/

  • One thought on “Lax Data Security at National Association for Gun Rights Website

    1. I get many emails from Dudly’s “group”. Virtually all of them are solicitations for money, usually couched as “an emergency appeal” “that MUST be acts on immediately or (something horrible) will happen.”
      I am sick of their spam … And wish they’d just GO AWAY.

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