4th Amendment Takes A Hit In Virginia

With the warm weather hitting our state I figured it was time to visit the local ABC store to purchase some gin to go with our tonic and limes. Upon approaching the counter the customer in front of me a 40 something woman was told that she needed to show her ID. I thought this a little strange since she was obviously over twenty-one but I didn’t think to much about it. That is when I heard the clerk say that as of July 1st all retailers that sold alcohol would be required to see ID from anyone purchasing these type of beverages. What bothered me however was not that requirement but the fact that at least at the ABC stores they are required to scan the ID’s, this serves no purpose but to gather information about the purchaser.

According to an official that I spoke with from the regional ABC office he stated the only reason that they scan the ID’s is to verify the date of birth. A date of birth which is clearly stated on the ID. Now I am sure that this scanning procedure is supposed to filter out altered ID’s but why then is it necessary for someone like myself to provide proof of age and have it scanned when it is quit apparent that I am several decades passed the minimum age to purchase alcohol? If anything I would alter an ID to make me younger not older.

Maybe I am a little paranoid but with states passing Red Flag Laws (Are Red Flag Laws Much Different Than Swatting), what is to stop someone or the government from using your history of alcohol purchases against you? This information could be used any number of ways, in civil suits, divorce proceedings, child custody cases or violating your 2nd Amendment rights via Red Flag Laws. The state and federal government already compile to much information about us and we need to try and stop them even on what may be considered an inconsequential ID scan.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

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