Good evening Chief Jackson-
I wanted to email you to ask for your assistance. If your department does not have the authority or jurisdiction, please kindly refer me to the correct agency.
As you may know, Nevada Concealed Weapons permits are governed pursuant to NRS 202.3653 - 202.369. I am contacting you specifically regarding a flagrant violation of NRS 202.3662. This code section specifies that the application, the information contained on the application, and any information learned during the Sheriff's investigation is considered confidential. The only exception is that the information may released to any law enforcement agency for the purpose of conducting an investigation, or prosecution. The statute also authorizes compiling and releasing statistics, such as number of applications received and number of permits issued.
I am asking for your assistance with insuring the police integrity in Douglas County, NV. Sheriff Ron Pierini routinely releases the names of every CCW permit holder to the general public, in clear violation of NRS 202.3662, which again specifies that this information is considered confidential.
Giving him the benefit of the doubt, Sheriff Pierini has been contacted personally to point out to him that his policy is a violation of Nevada Law. His response confirmed his policy is to release the names of all CCW permit holders, and that he has no plans to change his policy, despite the fact that state law forbids him from doing so.
No one is above the law, but most especially those entrusted to enforce it. If Sheriff Pierini is free to set policies which violate the law, I can only imagine the confusion in the ranks below him. The police officers must obey their boss, but they must also enforce the law. When there is a conflict, what do they do? Sheriff Pierini is not free to enact policies that violate the law and your assistance in helping him understand this would be appreciated.
Thank you for your time,