Tucson locksmiths and a Florida locksmith are suing the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, claiming the agency violated their rights under the First Amendment by releasing information about the types of locksmith services they provide to the public.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee, is seeking unspecified damages and unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
The TSU attorneys’ office filed the lawsuit last month in response to the GABI’s request for documents related to locksmith training, certification, and licensing, among other things.
Georgia is one of the 10 states with no state or local laws protecting locksmith providers from disclosure of confidential and sensitive information.
“In response to GABI ‘s demand for the release of any records that the Georgia Department of Public Safety may be required to provide pursuant to Section 14-3-101, the attorneys have requested that the Ga.
Bureau of Investigations obtain records pertaining to the certification of locks.
In the meantime, Plaintiffs have been left to investigate the accuracy of their claim,” the suit states.
The attorneys’ lawsuit alleges the GaBI released the following information about locksmith certification and licensing last month, in a letter to TSU: The TUF certification is confidential and confidential information is protected by state and federal law, and the Georgia locksmith industry is one that is subject to strict oversight and is subject, under Georgia law, to the strict scrutiny and scrutiny required by law, including, but not limited to, compliance with the Code of Ethics of the Georgia Locksmith Association, the Code, and state laws.
The Ga. locksmith association does not certify the services of any locksmith for the purpose of securing a license or certification.
The state does not require that locksmith certificates or licenses be on file for each person, nor does the state require that the person certify or license a locksmith.
The Georgia locksmason certification is exempt from state laws that would require the same certification and certification of a locksmakethis for each individual locksmith that is offered by the TUF.
The GABI has not provided a copy of the letter, and its website has no comment.
The lawsuit also alleges that the agency released the information last week without notice to the locksmith owners, who contacted the TSU after learning of the release.
The locksmith licensing agency is required to disclose the names and addresses of licensed locksmith employees to the state and the U. S. Department of Justice, but the TFSO is not required to comply with such requirements, according to the suit.
The department also failed to notify the locksmaker owners that they have 30 days from the time of the initial request to file a formal response, the suit claims.
The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (DLRA), the agency that oversees the TSFO, did not respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.
TSU attorney Scott Williams, who is representing the locksmen, said he believes the release was in violation of the federal Freedom of Information Act, and that the attorney general should take action against the state agency.
The company is a member of the National Locksmakers Association, which is an industry association.
Williams said he thinks the release violated the First and Fifth Amendments.
“The state has a duty to protect its citizens from any information that is classified as confidential,” Williams said.
“There is nothing more important than the safety and security of our people.”
The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order to prevent the release from going public, as well as a permanent injunction barring the release, which Williams says will force the TSA to provide records related to certification and training.
Williams also said the release could harm Georgia’s business, especially in a time when the state’s economy is already in a downturn.
“It is not in our interest for this information to be made public,” Williams added.
“We do not want people to have to learn how to open their own locksmith business, and to learn that a locksman will only come into contact with someone who is a criminal.
That would be very dangerous.”