NRA Looks to Ban Smart Guns
A couple of months ago, our own Jamie Friedlander discussed smart guns and asked your thoughts on this new technology. As a refresher, smart guns, specifically the Armatix iP1, a compact, .22 caliber, 10-round pistol made in Germany:
- Only fires in the hands of its owner (supposedly) within 10 inches of its companion iW1 watch that is hopefully on the owner’s wrist;
- Can be disabled with a timer or PIN code;
- Is useless unless unlocked by radio signal or biometric authenticator (voice, fingerprint or retina scan).
Seems “everything” is going “smart” nowadays: phones, homes, refrigerators, etc., right? So, is it really all that bizarre to think that guns could go smart too?
But, when the owner of Engage Armament, a Class II manufacturer and Class III dealer in Rockville, MD, offering firearms, accessories and services, announced that it would begin carrying the Armatix iP1 on May 1st, it was forced to backpedal less than 24 hours later after gun-rights advocates lashed out on Facebook and called this store threating to shoot the owner, the owner’s girlfriend and the owner’s dog! (Seems to be a bit of an oxymoron, gun-rights advocates not supporting the sale of a certain type of gun…)
Nevertheless, immense pressure NOT to be the first to sell a smart gun comes from a New Jersey law passed in 2002, Childproof Handgun Law, which states that all guns sold in New Jersey must be state-approved smart guns within three years of a smart gun being sold anywhere in the country. The goal was to make smart guns mandatory as soon as this technology existed, so had Engage Armament sold just one smart gun that would have triggered the clause in New Jersey to make smart guns mandatory.
Even the NRA is opposed to smart gun technology, stating on its website: “The NRA does not oppose new technological developments in firearms. We are opposed to government mandates that require the use of expensive, unreliable features, such as grips that would read your fingerprints before the gun will fire.”
As you know, there are plenty of discussion topics that could evolve from this situation; however, let’s start with your thoughts about smart guns, making them mandatory in New Jersey, if the store owner should still fear for his safety even after he removed the Armatix iP1 from his shelves and do you agree with the NRA?
Posted on May 06, 2014