Speaking before a U.S. House of Representatives appropriations committee on Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder said the Department of Justice wants to explore gun-tracking bracelets as part of its gun control efforts.
With a hat tip and a wink to the Second Amendment, he acknowledged that the Second Amendment provides the unqualified right to own and carry weapons.
Well, sort of.
When speaking about gun control, Holder said the DOJ is turning to technology advances, reported the Washington Free Beacon.
“I think that one of the things that we learned when we were trying to get passed those common sense reforms last year, Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology people and we talked about how guns can be made more safe,” he said.
Wait. What? You mean the Joe Biden that recommended women to shoot a doubled barrel shot gun into the air to scare off robbers?
Yes. That Joe Biden.
Holder explained further.
“By making them either through fingerprint identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear, how guns can be used only by the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon,” he said.
“It’s those kinds of things that I think we want to try to explore so that we can make sure that people have the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights, but at the same time decreasing the misuse of weapons that lead to the kinds of things that we see on a daily basis,” Holder said.
The DOJ is asking for $382.1 million in increased spending for its fiscal year 2014 budget for gun safety.
Included in that hefty number are technology grants that would award prizes for innovation in gun safety.
A recent innovation allows a gun owner to only unlock a safe with a fingerprint scan and an “RFID-equipped bracelet.” Another idea is manufacturing GPS tracking and RFID chips into every gun. The chips would transmit location data and could be used by law enforcement to send automatic alerts if a weapon moves away from the tracker, indicating that the gun is lost or stolen.
So, you’re constitutionally allowed to carry a weapon, but as long as you give us all of your private data and let the government track you.