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Gun Show License Plate Scans A ‘Civil Rights Outrage’

BELLEVUE, Wash., Oct. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Sec­ond Amend­ment Foun­da­tion today is call­ing for a probe by the House Over­sight Com­mit­tee on an effort by the fed­er­al Immi­gra­tion and Cus­toms Enforce­ment agency to record license plate infor­ma­tion on all cars belong­ing to gun show cus­tomers in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, call­ing the project a “civ­il rights out­rage.”

The Wall Street Jour­nal report­ed Sun­day that fed­er­al agents appar­ent­ly per­suad­ed local police offi­cers in 2010 to scan those license plates, osten­si­bly to detect pos­si­ble gun smug­gling. But SAF founder and Exec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Alan M. Got­tlieb said the effort appears to have been “one more gun con­trol affront launched dur­ing the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion.”

Attend­ing a gun show is not a crim­i­nal activ­i­ty,” Got­tlieb observed. “Amer­i­can cit­i­zens engaged in a per­fect­ly legal activ­i­ty should not have to wor­ry about the gov­ern­ment mon­i­tor­ing their exer­cise of var­i­ous civ­il rights, includ­ing free­dom of asso­ci­a­tion and the right to keep and bear arms.

Instead of wor­ry­ing about peo­ple attend­ing gun shows,” he con­tin­ued, “maybe the same atten­tion could have been paid to crim­i­nals walk­ing guns across the bor­der under the Fast and Furi­ous fias­co. Oh, wait, that was a deba­cle cre­at­ed by gov­ern­ment agents, also dur­ing the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion.

Unless there is clear evi­dence of crim­i­nal activ­i­ty,” Got­tlieb stat­ed, “it is none of the government’s busi­ness who comes and goes at a law­ful­ly-oper­at­ed gun show. This kind of snoop­ing should require a court order, and unless some ille­gal activ­i­ty was detect­ed, all license plate infor­ma­tion gath­ered dur­ing this effort should be destroyed, and Con­gress should deter­mine how it may have been used, or mis­used.

We think this rev­e­la­tion by the Wall Street Jour­nal rais­es enough ques­tions that the House Com­mit­tee on Over­sight and Gov­ern­ment Reform should launch an inquiry,” he said. “If this kind of mon­i­tor­ing dealt with any activ­i­ty oth­er than a gun show, you can bet the lib­er­al media would be scream­ing. The Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion and its media cheer­lead­ers should under­stand that gun own­ers have pri­va­cy rights, too.”

The Sec­ond Amend­ment Foun­da­tion ( is the nation’s old­est and largest tax-exempt edu­ca­tion, research, pub­lish­ing and legal action group focus­ing on the Con­sti­tu­tion­al right and her­itage to pri­vate­ly own and pos­sess firearms.  Found­ed in 1974, The Foun­da­tion has grown to more than 650,000 mem­bers and sup­port­ers and con­ducts many pro­grams designed to bet­ter inform the pub­lic about the con­se­quences of gun con­trol.

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