REPORT: Federal Agency Pushed Law Enforcement to Scan License Plates of Gun Show Attendees
According to WSJ, “[ICE] crafted a plan in 2010 to use license-plate readers—devices that record the plate numbers of all passing cars—at gun shows in Southern California, including one in Del Mar.” ICE then “compared that information to cars that crossed the border, hoping to find gun smugglers, according to the documents and interviews with law-enforcement officials with knowledge of the operation.”
ICE faced push-back over the scans from privacy advocates.
ACLU attorney Jay Stanley pointed to license plate readers as an example that “highlights the problem with mass collection of data.” Stanley suggested ICE has taken two legal behaviors—buying a gun, crossing a border—combined them and used that combination to make people look “inherently suspicious.”
Gun Owners of America’s Erich Pratt went further, saying, “Information on law-abiding gun owners ends up getting recorded, stored, and registered, which is a violation of the 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act and of the Second Amendment.”