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NYPD is testing a virtual pat down device

NYPD made public that they ar testing a virtual pat down device using technology that detects terahertz, which is the natural energy people and inanimate objects emit. Once something obstructs the radiation, like a concealed weapon, the device "highlights" that object so it is in clear view.

The scanners are worrying individuals who believe this technology violates their Fourth Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

The gun scanning technology will help lessen the need for NYPD's use of Stop and Frisk procedures that allowed officers to stop New Yorkers for random street interrogations or searches. In 2011, about 600,000-plus New Yorkers were stopped.

If authorized to carry the person would not be detained. If illegal then they would be detained and the gun taken off the street.

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    Jan 28 2013: Isn't the question really about Law Enforcement? IF it is against the law to carry a gun then anyone found to be carrying one should be subjected to due process of law. Then we must ask how were they "found" to be carrying a gun? The 4th Amendment controls the lawful methods available to law enforcement. If instituted and subsequently ruled unconstitutional the technology would be discarded. Police can PASSIVELY monitor my driving habits, why not my gun carrying habits too? IF it is not against the law to drive fast why would cops have radar guns? If it is not illegal to carry a gun then there is no application for this new technology other than in special, controlled access situations.

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