Launches the 2022 Gun Dashboard Portal through the DOJ’s OpenJustice Platform
SACRAMENTO— The California Attorney General today announced new and updated firearms data available through the California Department of Justice’s (DOJ) 2022 Firearms Dashboard portal. The dashboard is accessible through the DOJ’s OpenJustice data platform. The announcement will improve transparency and information sharing for firearms data and include broad platform enhancements to help the public access firearms data in California, including information on the issuance of Concealed Weapons Permits (CCWs) and Restriction of Gun Violence Orders (GVROs).
“Transparency is key to increasing public trust between law enforcement and the communities we serve,” said Attorney General Bonta. “As news of the tragic mass shootings continues to dominate the news cycle, leaving many with feelings of fear and uncertainty, we must do all we can to prevent gun violence. “One of my ongoing priorities is to better provide the information needed to help advance efforts that strengthen California’s gun laws. Today’s announcement puts power and information in the hands of our communities by helping them better understand the role and potential dangers of firearms in our state.
The DOJ seeks to balance its duties to provide gun violence and firearms data to support research efforts while protecting personally identifiable information in the data the Department collects and maintains. Data-driven research plays a vital role in keeping Californians safe by informing and shaping our common sense gun laws. With today’s announcement, Attorney General Bonta is enhancing the accessibility and functionality of the existing firearms database with expanded information in a comprehensive data dashboard. The dashboard includes data from the past decade when available on the following topics:
- Dealership Sales Record
- Gun violence prohibition orders
- Concealed Weapon Permit
- Firearm Safety Certificates
- assault weapons
- List of certified handguns
Among the changes is a deeper analysis of GVROs, which are now displayed at both state and county levels. According to the dashboard, GVROs issued in California over the past five years have grown from 104 issued statewide in 2017 to 1,384 issued statewide in 2021, an increase of 1,231% over a year. five-year period. Attorney General Bonta is a proponent of GVROs as a key tool to help prevent gun violence. Research supports this strategy. This year, the University of California, Davis released a report indicating that GVROs prevented approximately 58 mass shootings in California between 2016 and 2018.
The dashboard also provides links to a variety of additional resources such as reports, applications, legal information, and frequently asked questions (FAQs), among other resources. The release of expanded data and information continues Attorney General Bonta’s commitment to make data more accessible to the public. In April 2021, Attorney General Bonta announced that his office would begin sharing additional data with gun violence researchers to help better inform policy choices in California.
California continues its efforts to advance laws and policies that save lives and prevent gun deaths. In 2021, California had a gun death rate 37% lower than the national average. According to the CDC, California’s gun death rate was the 44th lowest in the nation, at 8.5 gun deaths per 100,000 people – compared to 13.7 deaths per 100,000 people nationwide. nationally, 28.6 in Mississippi, 20.7 in Oklahoma and 14.2 in Texas. California’s gun death rate among children is also lower than other states and is 58% lower than the national average.
Attorney General Bonta stands with partners across the state to continue to strategically and aggressively prevent gun violence by:
The 2022 Gun Dashboard Portal can be viewed here.