The White House today released the findings from a study by the Defense, Justice and Homeland Security Departments on ways to spur the development of smart-gun technology, which restricts who can fire a weapon.
Smart-gun technology uses RFID chips or biometrics, such as a fingerprint scanner or grip recognition, to release a locking mechanism on a weapon. The technology was initially developed to prevent police officers’ weapons from being grabbed in a struggle and used against them. The military has also expressed interest in the technology for the same reason.
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For two decades, smart-gun technology has advanced in fits and starts as wary investors kept purse strings tight and gun rights proponents at times fought its uptake.
Then, in January, President Obama directed the federal government to conduct or sponsor research into gun safety technology, along with ways to promote it.
“If we can set it up so you can’t unlock your phone unless you’ve got the right fingerprint, why can’t we do the same thing for our guns? If a child can’t open a bottle of aspirin, we should make sure that they can’t pull a trigger on a gun,” Obama said in January.
So you honestly think that technology like that won’t be hacked, either by bad actors or the government? If that is the case, keep dreaming.