DEA and ATF storing gun show attendees license plates

Why this is not a major news story is no doubt because it involves us “bitter clingers.” By now all of this information is stored in the great data center in Utah. 343 million plus images are now stored. Been to a gun show lately? No doubt you now are a threat to America. Here we go:

According to emails obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union, federal authorities planned to monitor gun show parking lots with automatic license plate readers.

The insight comes from a damning report released by the ACLU this week on a secretive program by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to build a massive database of license plates images collected by automated license plate reader devices. As part of this investigation, emails released through the Freedom of Information Act detailed a planned cooperation between the DEA’s National License Plate Recognition initiative and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to scan and record the plates and vehicle images of gun show attendees.

“DEA Phoenix Division Office is working closely with ATF on attacking the guns going to [redacted] and the gun shows, to include programs/operation with LPRs at the gun shows,” reads an April 2009 email.

The time and place mentioned in the email coincides with known information on the Justice Department’s Fast and Furious operation, a controversial “gunwalking” scandal that possibly transferred as many as 2,000 guns to drug traffickers in Mexico. That program was run out of the Phoenix ATF Field Division office, just two miles from the DEA office.

An undated DEA slideshow released to the ACLU mentions that, at the time, 100 plate readers were deployed in eight states to include California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, Florida, Georgia and New Jersey. These readers were a mixed of fixed, portable and mobile devices that could scan and record as many as ten images per vehicle.

The extensively redacted presentation states that the then-current database held some “343+ million” images and that cleared law enforcement personnel from other federal, state, local and tribal agencies could access the archives.

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11 Responses to “DEA and ATF storing gun show attendees license plates”

  1. My Article Read (1-29-2015) (1-30-2015) | My Daily Musing Says:

    […] DEA and ATF storing gun show attendees license plates […]


  2. Always On Watch Says:


    And armed citizenry is one of the first lines of defense against any tyranny.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      They will not rest on this one. You are so right.


  3. Steve Dennis Says:

    I wrote about this yesterday as well, why does nobody find this to be troubling? Have the American people just come to accept this type of intrusion? The DEA claims it never implemented the policy but I for one do not believe anything anyone in the Government tells us at this point.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      I don’t think that many people even know about it. Other than Fox, they might carry it, but who else reads blogs?


  4. Jersey McJones Says:

    I don’t see what good this does. Until they invent “straw purchase readers” this is all for naught.


    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      For once I agree with you.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. gds44 Says:

    Reblogged this on Gds44's Blog.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Thanks for the link,


  6. The Grey Enigma Says:

    Reblogged this on The Grey Enigma.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      Thanks for the link!


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