Tennessee Proposes Banning Police Scanners for Felons
HB 2506 proposes that anyone with a felony conviction in the past five years cannot own a scanner. According to this article, some police believe that making it illegal will be a great help to them.
Pardon me, but this is yet another stupid and ill-advised bill. First, will the criminals actually follow the law? Probably not. This is just another way to trump up charges on someone to force a plea deal. Second, how will they enforce this? Do they plan on ignoring the Fourth Amendment and searching every felon's home every so often? Finally, this is another slippery slope. I know it isn't popular to defend the rights of criminals, but first it will be the criminals and next it will be us. After all, if anyone has access to a scanner, it might give them an advantage over law enforcement, right?