Last week Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Massachusetts) and Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) introduced the Handgun Trigger Safety Act, a bill that if passed will require all new handguns to be equipped with so-called “smart gun” technology—or technology that can recognize gun users—within five years. In addition, the bill would also allocate funding for the development and improvement of smart gun technology and mandate within 10 years of its passage that all existing guns be retrofitted before they can be sold.

“The epidemic of gun violence in America is not preordained, it is preventable,” said Senator Markey in a press release. “In the 21st century, we should use research and advances in technology to our advantage and save lives from tragic and needless gun violence. These bills will keep guns out of the hands that of those who shouldn’t have them and provide better information about what is causing gun violence and what can be done to prevent it. These are sensible proposals that everyone, regardless of political party or affiliation, should be able to support.”

“Smart guns” have been in development for years and is an issue of great contention among both gun owners and gun control advocates. Also known as “personalized” guns, these firearms can be set so only a specific user can operate them, thanks to RFID chips, fingerprint identification, or other proximity devices. Gun control advocates argue that this would prevent children or those prohibited from using a firearm from pulling the trigger, therefore making guns safer. Pro-gun activists say the technology is untested and unreliable. Many are also concerned that once the technology becomes available, it will be used as a de facto form of gun control. The state of New Jersey previously passed a law that if smart gun technology becomes available in the United States, all guns sold in the state must be fitted with new features.

Smart guns are not popular among gun owners. A 2013 poll by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) found that only 16 percent of the survey’s participants approved of smart guns and believed they could be reliable. Similarly, only 17 percent believed that the government should mandate new smart gun requirements for gun owners.

“The National Shooting Sports Foundation does not oppose the development of owner authorized technology for firearms and, should such products come to market, individuals should be able to decide for themselves whether they want to purchase them. However, we do oppose legislative mandates that would require manufacturers to produce only such firearms,” said Larry G. Keane, senior vice president and general counsel for the NSSF. “We commissioned this poll to help determine where Americans stood on this issue. We are not surprised, frankly, to find that the majority of those polled were skeptical of this technology.”

So far the Handgun Trigger Safety Act has been endorsed by the Newtown Action Alliance, Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, and other gun control groups.

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10 thoughts on “Lawmakers Introduce Bill Requiring “Smart Gun” Trigger Tech

  1. An terrorist-hackers delite! Hacking a ‘smart’ gun that a LEO/Federal Agent has! Visualize the out come! More STUPIDITY from the liberal mind.

  2. Absolutely an infringement on the second amendment. It will essentially eliminate/criminalize millions of firearms across America. Not effective either. Will I have to wait for a glitch to pass in order to defend house and home? Or how bout while afield and I need to dispatch an attacking animal i.e. Feral hog, cougar, bear, etc. Will I have to wait for more bars, like my dumbass phone? Stupid idea.

  3. This is over complicating things. Most likely another attempt by the ant-gun, anti-freedom folks to try and make it ever more difficult for gun users and owners. All that is really needed is a small combination style lock around the trigger mechanism. Or small buttons that need to be pushed in a certain sequence to release the trigger. This way any child who finds the gun would not be able to fire it. And the legal owner could quickly dial in the right sequence if need be or have it already dialed while carrying. Criminals would likely eventually defeat any electronic smart gun and even eventually figure out a combination or sequence. Nothing is perfect and starting a domestic arms race seems foolhardy.

  4. There is already enough that could go wrong when you need a reliable weapon. Plus, I don’t think there would be much of a jump in tech to develop mass smart gun neutralization ability. Which would completely render the second amendment useless.

  5. As soon as this law is pasted, the criminal element and the Government will have in their possession a jammer that will shut these down and render them useless. You do not need to disarm someone if you can with the push of a button completely shut down their ability to resist. At which point a 100 year old gun wins all arguments.

  6. Smart guns are a BAD idea waiting to happen. Particularly with semi-auto;s, We all know there are a number of thing that can go wrong in the mist of fireing; . Double Feeds, stove pipes, jams, etc. Adding the “Smart Gun Tech to the equation is adding more things that can go wrong, especially in a high stress situation, Yes we all want to to keep folks who shouldn’t have access to guns, away from them. However, this isn’t the way to do it.

    If the technology is go good, why is there only one maker of them, and its ONLY in a .22, not exactly a first choice for self defense, (However, better then nothing) I don;t see other manufactures rushing out to make them, and marketing them. I don’t see police carrying them, So in other words, the technology has a very LONG way to go before its ready for prime time.
    If the technology ever catches up with the dream, then manufactures will bring them to market, and consumers will decide if they are any good, and f they want them,
    Trying to mandate, or makes laws to bring to market something that barely exist as it is, is stupid, and show how little our lawmakers care or know about the people who they are supposed to represent

  7. Any law can be circumvented with greater speed than passing a law.
    If its “smart” then a Smarter can defeat it. Mostly with simple parts change and making it YOUR smart gun.
    Does ANY lawmaker know that LAWBREAKERS could give a hoot what law they pass???
    If you make it harder for the law abiding it is conversely easier for the bad guy.

  8. Last note.. Whatever happened to putting criminals in jail?
    Cops are never at the scene during a crime(except in Texas when they didn’t have “authorization” to use force… By that time it was over and stopped by concealed carry civilians.)

  9. This is the result of gun laws being made by ignorant people who hate and despise guns and who`s ultimate goal s to disarm everyone.

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