According to WSBTV, a group is pushing for more requirements for police to use biometric “smart guns” when on the field.
Mayor Kasim Reed is among dozens of mayors who have signed off on a letter to large gun manufacturers, including Smyrna-based GLOCK, requesting to learn the extent of their ability to produce smart gun technologies.
This type of technology utilizes biometrics, such as fingerprints, to ensure only authorized users can fire the weapons.
“This particular prototype stores up to 200 users but we will probably go to market with the option of five to 10 users,” said Tom Lynch, CEO of Columbus, Georgia-based Safe Gun Technology, Inc. He said his product will probably hit the market in the next nine to 10 months.
Reed is among dozens of mayors across the country who had signed off on a letter to major gun manufacturers, questioning what they are doing to improve their safety through technology.
The letter to gun manufacturers says it is for the benefit of tax payers and overall public safety. Some of the requests made in the letter are for “gun safety technologies”.
Please provide a detailed overview of the company’s activities and goals with respect to gun safety technologies. Please include description of any technologies currently used by the company or now in development that would prevent or deter the use of a gun by unauthorized users, make a gun more difficult for a child to fire, or prevent accidental discharge of a gun. Please describe the extent to which these technologies are already incorporated into the company’s products, and projections for bringing new technologies to market.
Please provide a detailed overview of the company’s activities and goals with respect to bullet microstamping capabilities, or any other technologies that enhance ballistics tracing by law enforcement. Please include current uses of these technologies, and plans and projections regarding future use.
We have debunked the “safety” feature of microstamping in a previous posts you can read here, but suffice it to say that these technologies will do very little to protect police while making their job a little more dangerous. If these smart guns are as reliable as today’s smart phones, I would definitely not want bank my life on them.
While “smart guns” might seem like a good idea, there are many police officers that would feel less safe using them. Enough things can already go wrong in a life or death situation that could cause a gun to jam or misfire, so adding the element of electronics and biometrics to the mix could spell disaster.
“Nobody’s trying to take guns away from Americans or Georgians, we’re trying to make gun technology safer,” said Rabbi Peter Berg. Berg is part of a local group called Outcry that is pushing for a reasonable solution for gun violence and is in support of so-called smart gun technology.
“What would happen if we harness the purchasing power of all these agencies and say we will only purchase guns in our city, in our state, from manufacturers who manufacture safe, smart guns,” Berg said.
Nobody’s trying to take guns away. Yeah, we’ve heard that a time or two before. But remember that New Jersey gun law that stated once smart guns were available all traditional firearms would be banned? We would be fools to think that once local governments forced law enforcement to use smart guns that the same thing wouldn’t be forced on all citizens.
I’m all for gun safety and think every gun owner should abide by common sense practices in both the training and storage of firearms. But seeing how the biometric fingerprint scan is hardly reliable on my smart phone it hardly gives me much confidence in these efforts, especially since these pushes only come from anti-gun politicians.