"We can make sure that people have the ability to enjoy their Second Amendment rights,"
This is a great plan. Surely when a burglar steals a gun, there's no chance that he'll also make off with the bracelet. And if a homeowner needs to protect himself, he had better know where his gun bracelet is.
If only someone had a gun bracelet for all those Fast and Furious guns that Holder moved down past the Rio Grande to the drug cartels.
Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that gun tracking bracelets are something the Justice Department (DOJ) wants to “explore” as part of its gun control efforts.
When discussing gun violence prevention programs within the DOJ, Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that his agency is looking into technological innovations.
“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.
Memo to Holder. Repeating "Common sense" after every stupid and illegal law you want to pass stopped working last year. Get a new talking point.
Any chance those technology people are the same ones selling the gun safety technology.
“By making them either through finger print 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.”
“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.
Like assault rifles being smuggled to Mexico? I bet Holder sees that on a daily basis even as he signs off on it.
But this gimmick is supposed to address the problem of stolen guns being passed along. Also it would make private sales impossible, which is the real endgame here. Guns would be locked to a single owner. Transfer would require some sort of government intervention. Or someone who can bypass the lock, which is what would happen in the real world.
Gun safes that respond to RFID and/or fingerprint scanners already exist and they're a sensible solution. There have also been proposals for GPS tracking of all firearms. Predictably that proposal came out of Chicago.
But Holder likely means something like the Armatix iP1, the supposed 'smart gun'.
Electronic chips inside the gun and the watch communicate with each other. If the watch is within close reach of the gun, a light on the grip turns green. Fire away. No watch means no green light. The gun becomes a paperweight.
A dream of gun-control advocates for decades, the Armatix iP1 is the country’s first smart gun.
Lawmakers around the country have been intrigued by the possibilities. New Jersey passed a hotly contested law in 2002 requiring that only smart guns be sold in the state within three years of a smart gun being sold anywhere in the country. A similar measure made it through the California Senate last year, and at the federal level, Rep. John F. Tierney (D-Mass.) also has introduced a mandate.
The Armatix however costs $1,399. It also hasn't seen that much testing.
There's a Fast and Furious link to the whole mess because the operation did attempt to use GPS tracking devices, occasionally, with mixed results.
The Justice Department has requested $382.1 million in increased spending for its fiscal year 2014 budget for “gun safety.”
Included in the proposal is $2 million for “Gun Safety Technology” grants, which would award prizes for technologies that are “proven to be reliable and effective.”
President Barack Obama’s budget proposal also calls for $1.1 billion to “protect Americans from gun violence—including $182 million to support the president’s ‘Now is the Time’ gun safety initiative.”
Or Holder could self-finance by selling more guns to drug dealers.