Saturday, February 4th, 2023
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Beyond Illinois: Outdoor headlines from around the country (Dec. 28)

California

Investigation Finds Gun Data breach Unintentional

Sacramento, Calif. (AP) — California’s Department of Justice mistakenly posted the names, addresses, and birthdays of nearly 200,000 gun owners on the internet because officials didn’t follow policies or understand how to operate their website, according to an investigation.

The investigation, conducted by an outside law firm hired by the California Department of Justice, found that personal information for 192,000 people was downloaded 2,734 times by 507 unique IP addresses during a roughly 12-hour period in late June.

All of those people had applied for a permit to carry a concealed gun.

The data was exposed just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people have a right to carry guns in public. The decision invalidated a California law that said people must give a reason for wanting to carry a concealed weapon.

Wyoming Convictions After Large Poaching Ring Busted

Cheyenne, Wyo. — Three men charged with more than 100 wildlife violations were
convicted on numerous charges in what is one of the largest poaching
cases in Wyoming history.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department issued a press release detailing the
case that stems back to the fall of 2015. According to the release,
Russell Vick, of Alabama, Robert Underwood, of Oklahoma, and David
Underwood, of South Dakota, were convicted of multiple wildlife offenses
and cumulatively fined $171,230 and $131,550 in restitution.
Punishments also included prison time and lifetime hunting and fishing bans.

The case involved charges of poaching multiple wildlife species that included
bighorn sheep, elk, moose, mule deer, and antelope.

The charges were the result of a seven-year, multi-agency investigation
that spanned four states and involved thousands of hours of
investigations.

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