Feds Visit Gun Show Parking Lots,
Scan License Plates...Again

By John Boch. October 3rd, 2016

Leave it to the Obama administration to prod local police to cruise gun show parking lots with license plate scanners. Again. It's nothing new to us. The plan, originally conceived by bureaucrats at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and really big fires) back in 2010 is again in the news with a story in the Wall Street Journal.

The program is so shady that even the Journal has qualms about it. They are right. Uncle Sam snooping through parking lots to build a list of who's naughty and who's nice at gun shows is more than a little creepy. Especially for an administration that's proven its willingness to weaponize government against political opponents. What's next? Cruising the parking lots at Trump rallies? Chick-Fil-A restaurants?

From WSJ:

The use of license-plate readers at gun shows occupies a murky legal ground. While technology and data collection have greatly expanded the ability of government and companies to monitor citizens' activity, U.S. courts, lawmakers, and senior officials have been slow to make clear what types of mass surveillance cross the line into violations of constitutional rights. ......

This is blatent and un-constitutional behavior, which could even be interpretted as potential entrapment. The 'excuse' of course would be that of trying to catch criminals but in this case it is more like another form of 'gun control' - particularly if trying to sniff out even the remotest supposedly 'dubious' purchases. Big Brother it seems is certainly alive and well.

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