Federal agents are now using license plate readers to scan the plates of gun-show customers. This is raising a lot of questions from gun-rights activists about invasion of privacy.

According to a recent FOX News article, in 2010, agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency made a plan to use license plate readers – devices that record license plate numbers of cars – at gun shows in southern California, which happens to be very close to the Mexican border.

They used the information to compare with cars that previously crossed the border in hopes of finding illegal gun smugglers. This sort of investigative strategy is raising a lot of concerns with privacy and gun-rights advocates.

So, what do you think? Is this a good tactic to catch dangerous criminals, or an invasion of privacy?

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  • Keith

    License plates are not private.

  • progun2

    O.K. So, how did it work? Catch anybody? If not, stay the hell away from the gun shows.

  • Gary Lohr

    So, I’m guessing that they do the same thing at BLM Rally’s, correct?

  • guest

    when you park your car put a piece of cardboard over your plate. Maybe even draw a bullseye target on it.
    Just remember to remove it when you leave.