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September 7, 2003

Big Brother In Your Holster:
Your Help Needed in Chicago (and Everywhere)

[This Alert is in 4 parts]


Two companies, NEC and Hitachi, have announced radio-frequency ID chips (RFID) the size of the period in this sentence. These chips broadcast a "unique identifying number" to nearby scanners - numbers that can be read through your clothes, your holster, or your fanny pack. The RFID industry has already said it wants every, single product manufactured anywhere in the world to carry these chips. And NEC quickly announced one of its first intended uses—to track bullets. Every bullet ever manufactured on the planet.

It gets worse for gun owners, as you'll read in JD Abolins' explanation, below.

But if you live near Chicago or know activists in the area, you can help prevent this. CASPIAN (, the consumer privacy group, is organizing a protest for September 15-17. Read the information below. Then, if you can put CASPIAN in touch with any Chicago activist groups or media people who might get involved, please contact Katherine Albrecht (

When we say activists, we mean any kind—RKBA, religious, anti- globalization, privacy, freedom of speech. *Everyone's* rights are threatened by universal RFID. The coalition against eternal tracking can be broad and strong. If you can join the protest yourself, plan to go.

Every study shows that, when ordinary people learn about the plans for these chips, they are horrified. The industry is on the defensive. The more people learn, the more they'll say NO to this stupid, intrusive idea. The CASPIAN protest is not a useless plea to politicians. It is to alert the public and let the industry know that we won't put up with Big Brother—not in our holsters, not in our cereal boxes, not in our targets, not in our money, not in our primers, not in our books, not in our cartridge cases—not anywhere.



A message from Katherine Albrecht:

On Sept 15-17 the nasty men at the Auto-ID Center are officially launching their EPC (RFID) "spy chip" network at a convention at McCormick Place in Chicago. You may be familiar with their plans to use tiny speck-of-dust sized computer chips to number every item on the planet and track it (and us) all via the Internet.

In addition to being an ardent 2nd Amendment supporter, I am the founder and director of CASPIAN, the organization that has mounted a worldwide campaign against Benetton, Gillette, Wal-Mart and others in the use of RFID "spy chips" in consumer products.

RFID technology is particularly worrisome for our 2nd amendment rights, since there is talk of using these nearly imperceptible chips to tag bullets and guns, making them identifiable at a distance and secretly registrable to their purchaser via credit card and point-of-sale records.

In response to the upcoming Chicago event, CASPIAN is planning both a physical protest at McCormick Place on Tuesday, September 16 at 10:00 AM and an online "virtual" protest as well.

I am hoping you will consider protesting with us and helping drive turnout to the event among your membership and friends in Chicago.

In freedom,

Katherine Albrecht, Ed.M.
Founder and Director, CASPIAN
Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering
(877) 287-5854

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Here is a commentary on another aspect of RFID and firearms:

RFID and Firearms: Every Bullet Will Have Your Name on It! by JD Abolins

At first glance, radio frequency ID (RFID) tagging technologies seem unrelated to firearms issues. After all, most firearms in common use today have few electronic components, right?

While it's true that the basic firearm can be made without electronic components, an overall technology trend has been for electronics and firmware (software embedded in chips) to be applied to technologies that have, up to now, been primarily traditionally mechanical or large-scale electrical. This has been happening to automobiles. It is becoming harder and harder for the average car owner or small independent garage to work on newer cars.

*** The Push for "Smart Guns"

Firearms are facing such a push. Some military firearms are already getting electronic components for sighting, etc. In the civilian area, some gun control groups are pushing for "smart gun" technologies that are supposed to fire only when handled by the designated owner. In New Jersey, this is being pushed by law. The New Jersey Institute of Technology is embarking on research to develop "smart gun" technologies. (See

One of the several approaches considered for identifying authorized handlers to the firearm is a token such as a ring that "unlocks" the firing mechanism.

Well, RFIDs would fit into this approach and may become incorporated into some of the "smart gun" designs.

Incidentally, many of the approaches for "smart guns" are pushing for a departure from the traditional mechanical firing mechanism in favor of electromechanical or even 100% electronic ones. (Besides making integration of user verification systems with the firing functions, the electronic approaches can make bypassing the "smarts" more difficult than with mechanical firing mechanisms.)

*** RFIDs can Affect Gun Owners even without "Smart Guns"

The "smart gun" is not the only place where RFIDs can show up in firearms. Consider these possibilities:

J.D. Abolins

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Tagging bullets and guns is definitely on the technologists' minds. Just this week I read this chilling comment:

"FEC...chief executive Kunioki Ichioka told reporters that the chip inserted into the human body, animals, bullets, credit cards and other items for verification purposes, and can replace price bar codes used to tag products."


He is referring to a new RFID chip the size of the period at the end of this sentence. Not only could these chips be fabricated into every shell casing, but the tiny chips could be sprinkled directly into gunpowder at the point of manufacture, making it both identifiable (functioning like easy-to-read DNA) and traceable to the individual purchaser.

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