With the focus on mass shootings over the last few decades, last year Former-President Obama pushed for more research into smart gun technology. However, Washington Post claims that there’s been a decrease in gun violence. No matter how prevalent the shootings have been, the prospect of smart guns is an interesting topic to think about.
What Is a Smart Gun?
A smart gun is essentially a gun that will not fire unless handled by an authorized user. The way this function is achieved varies. Some of the safety devices on these guns recognize the user by:
- Fingerprint recognition
- Wearable tags
- Magnetic rings
Smart gun manufacturers have been developing these prototypes since the ‘70s, but none have made it to market yet.
Traditional vs. Smart Gun
Newsweek questioned whether a consumer would be willing to make the switch, claiming that the results are mixed. According to a survey they conducted, gun owners were hesitant to choose a smart gun over a traditional firearm.
Would you choose a smart gun over your favorite firearm? Do you think the technology is flawed? Gray’s Shotgun Cache wants to know! Leave us a comment below.