The Justice Department is considering bringing gun tracking bracelets into federal gun control efforts, Attorney General Eric Holder said Friday.
Holder told a House appropriations subcommittee that the DOJ wants to “explore” gun tracking bracelets and other technological innovations as part of its gun violence prevention programs, the Free Beacon reports.
“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 told the budget subcommittee. “By making them — either through fingerprint identification, the gun talks to a bracelet or something that you might wear — [so that] 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.
The DOJ budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 includes $2 million of an overall $382.1 million allotted to gun safety for “Gun Safety Technology” grants. Winning technologies would have to be, according to the proposal, “proven to be reliable and effective.”
Such technology would include GPS trackers and fingerprint sensors that would make gun owners and their weapons easier to track.
The National Rifle Association has already spoken out against electronic bracelets and similar technology, writing last year: “We are opposed to government mandates that require the use of expensive, unreliable features, such as grips that would read your fingerprints before the gun will fire.”