“Smart guns,” or guns that will only fire for an authorized owner, are back on the radar.
The White House has called for pushing ahead with smart gun technology.
James Bond has one in the movie “Skyfall,” but in the real world, the technology is not quite there yet, according to smart gun activist and investor Jonas McCord.
McCord’s company Biomac Systems is working on smart gun technology, and he’s not alone.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology has been working on a gun that will recognize the owner’s grip.
Trigger Smart, an Irish company, relies on radio frequency embedded in the gun and in a ring or bracelet the owner is wearing. Without the owner’s ring or bracelet, the gun will not fire.
Armatix GmbH, a German company, has a personalized gun it hopes to put on the market in the U.S. this year. The gun will only shoot if it’s in range of a radio device which carries the owner’s biometric data.
The Russian government is also supporting work on an gun with an electronic chip that would prevent unauthorized users from firing it.
McCord tells Here & Now’s Robin Young that the problems with smart guns include:
The U.S. is at risk of being left behind in the arms race for smart guns, McCord said.
He’s calling for a federal Technology Waiting Law like the one New Jersey already has. It would require that once reliable smart gun technology exists, all guns should be required to have the technology.
McCord believes that would provide a financial incentive for industry to develop recognition technologies that would be 99.99 percent accurate, and also be useful for normal commercial transactions.
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