Bill Promoting Unequal Access to Public Data is on Governor’s Desk

California Governor Jerry Brown
California Governor Jerry Brown

Firearms Policy CoalitionSACRAMENTO, Calif. -( Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) is asking Governor Jerry Brown to veto Senate Bill 536, a measure which provides unequal access to data for the purpose of researching Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVRO).

SB 536, by Senator Richard Pan (D – Sacramento), requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to make information relating to GVROs that is maintained in the California Restraining and Protective Order System or any similar database available to researchers affiliated with the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center.

It does not, however, require DOJ to make the same data available to other organizations for the purpose of research.

“While we do appreciate a passing thought given to others whose research may benefit from this data, to state that such access is ‘…at the discretion of the department…’ places all other requestors at a significant disadvantage,” said Craig DeLuz, Spokesman for Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC).

“This allows the DOJ to pick favorites with sensitive data that is needed to hold the research center accountable.”

The Gun Violence Research Center at UC Davis was created in 2016 by legislation that amounted to a sole source contract with Dr. Garen Wintemute, a gun control advocate who has been producing anti-gun research for decades.

Under SB 536 that same biased researcher will have unfettered access to key research data, while others will be required to get special approval from DOJ.

“This measure ensures that only those that are ideological similar are going to have access to the data that supports this publicly funded research,” notes DeLuz. “If public data, collected by public employees, using public tax dollars to study a public policy is to be made available to anyone, it should be public.”

SB 536 is now on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown, awaiting his signature or veto.


About Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC):

Firearms Policy Coalition is a grassroots 501(c)4 nonprofit public benefit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

More information about FPC can be found on their website.

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If moonbeam keeps it up he just may find himself and his entire administration run out of town on a rail. The sane in the Peoples Republic of Komiefornia will only take so much and only if there is enough of em left. Kommiefornia is a perfect example of Borders, Language, and Custom gone awry.

Samuel Stephens

It’s Kalifornia, where stupidity reigns and ignorance is the faire of the day.


This so called “Governor” should be hanging from the liberty tree… Left to ROT in the wind. The other non constitutional, anti American liberal Democratsl (bottom of the barrel political SCUM) in Ca should be swinging next to him.

Samuel Stephens

Kalifornia already has enough foul air, the smell of rotting DemocRAT might cause sensory overload.


This governor should never have been put in he has only cone bad for the people of this state, he has proven that creatures of darkness really are out wslking; well moonbeam needs to be put back into his box never to harm the living again. He has taken from the hard working and given to those that refuse to work, and to those that are just too lazy to work. Moonbeam would rather have ALL the law abiding disarmed and the thugs given free reign and to allow the thugs and criminals to do what they want, moonbeam brown… Read more »

Terry Swinney

This sounds much like a totalitarian state and California is turning into the Nazi Germany of the past. This is more evidence that we build a wall on the east side of CA and don’t let the idiots out to run free.


Again NOT everyone that lives in the state are the same, moonbeam is one of the worst governors the state has ever had, he has proven in years past he is anti American, anti rights and he ha s also proven he is against the people of the state, DO NOT JUDGE THE PROPLE BECAUSE OF THE ANTI AMERICAN governor we happen to have.

Dave in Fairfax

Judgements are based upon actions. The PEOPLE of California consistently elect Representatives, Senators and Governors who work against their interests and against those of the rest of the country. I’m reminded of Germany pre-WWII. The future victims refused to leave when they could. Your state is lost. Vote with your feet or suffer the consequences, but don’t complain when people point out that your state is lost.


@Bandit: Who elected the Governor and who keeps electing anti-gun politicians in CA? The hard truth is…..the majority of voters. Don’t try and place the blame anyplace else. As Dave in Fairfax pointed out, CA is a lost State. Anyone who believes it can be brought back is on a fools errand.


Although you may be on to something… it may be true that the majority of the voters do elect idiots to office however there is zero evidence that those who vote are citizens.


there must be one hell-a-va lot like him in califitia. when he was governor before he damn near ruined the state and you all put the bastard back in.