I mean, there really is no need to worry about Homeland Security ordering drones that can detect if someone is carrying a weapon or not, and then be able to electronically monitor that person, especially now that it's apparently ok to fly drones over US soil. Colorado is even vying to be a Beta-test State.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has customized its Predator drones, originally built for overseas military operations, to carry out at-home surveillance tasks that have civil libertarians worried: identifying civilians carrying guns and tracking their cell phones, government documents show.
The documents provide more details about the surveillance capabilities of the department's unmanned Predator B drones, which are primarily used to patrol the United States' northern and southern borders but have been pressed into service on behalf of a growing number of law enforcement agencies including the FBI, the Secret Service, the Texas Rangers, and local police.
Homeland Security's specifications for its drones, built by San Diego-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, say they "shall be capable of identifying a standing human being at night as likely armed or not," meaning carrying a shotgun or rifle. They also specify "signals interception" technology that can capture communications in the frequency ranges used by mobile phones, and "direction finding" technology that can identify the locations of mobile devices or two-way radios.
I'm so old, I can remember when The Left was outraged over a sitting President using wiretaps to listen in on phone calls being made to and originating from foreign Countries.
My, how times have changed.
I'm sure that the list of registered gun owners in the Country will never, ever be merged with the flight plans of any surveillance drones that are flying over our heads in the near future. It also comforts me to know that DHS, in addition to those drones that can track armed citizens is also sitting on a mountain of ammunition (I'm sure if Bush were still in office, the Editors and readers of the linked HuffPo article would find the DHS explanation of why the mass purchases as logical as they do today with Obama in office).