No, Eric Holder Didn't Say Anything About "Gun Tracking Bracelets." As Fast and Furious Proved, DOJ Doesn't Care About Tracking Guns

The Free Beacon is falsely reporting that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder advocated for exploring the use of “gun tracking bracelets” while testifying in front of Congress:

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.

As much as Holder deserves to be rotting in prison (he’s still in criminal and civil contempt of Congress for continuing to stonewall the House Oversight committee’s request for DOJ internal documentation regarding Operation Fast and Furious, but craven U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen refuses to imprison his boss), Holder simply did not say what the Free Beacon reporter claimed in her article, as the video segment of that conversation and the transcript of it (both below) clearly show.

“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.

“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.”

At no point during the conversation did Holder mention “gun tracking bracelets.”

He was instead likely referring to “smart gun” technologies like the RFID technology used in the technological train-wreck that is the Armatix iP1 pistol/iW1 watch combination.


I’ve discussed in the past that the Armatix iP1/iW1 combination is a dangerously unreliable, imminently-hackable, seriously under-powered, and prohibitively expensive gimmick.

I’ve also made the argument that imposing an $1,800 pistol/watch combo upon the citizenry by executive mandate or legislation is inherently racist as the equivalent of  a poll tax, designed to economically disenfranchise those most likely to live in high-crime-rate neighborhoods, who are disproportionately minorities.

But for all the iP1/iW1 combination’s faults, I’ve seen nothing that hints that it is designed as a tracking device, nor did the Attorney General mentioned anything during the video-taped segment above indicating that he is interested in tracking guns.

If anything, Operation Fast and Furious, Gunwalker, and the various other gun-smuggling plots (up to ten in five cities) of the Department of Justice prove that the Obama Administration has no interest in tracking guns… even after hundreds of civilians and a number of police officers in two nations die as a result.