Are Smart Guns The Smart Choice In Firearms? - My9 New Jersey

Are Smart Guns The Smart Choice In Firearms?

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Smart Guns is a technology based firearm that uses anything distinctive to one person, like: fingerprints, hand grip or an eye scan, to prevent unauthorized users from using your personal guns. If the owner of the gun is not using the firearm, Smart Gun will detect a fraud and will not fire.

New Jersey Institute of Technology is creating their own version of the gun. Donald Sebastian, President of NJ Innovation Institute, is one of the creators of this technology and he discussed how these guns work.

“The way that you squeeze on the grip of the gun while you are pulling the trigger is a behavior biometrics that is only unique to you and you can measure it. We can compare the patterns and we can decide is it you, or an imposter,” Sebastian explained.

Another contributor to the Smart Gun is former Montclair police officer William Marshall. Marshall said that he’s always kept his gun stored on a shelf in his closet in a cigar box. One night, Marshall woke to gunfire and ran downstairs to find his two children had grabbed the gun and it went off. Luckily, no one was harmed.

Marshall is for Smart Guns because it is a childproof gun, designed so that no unauthorized user could fire the weapon.

However, not everyone is optimistic about this new technology. Anthony Colandro, owner of Guns for Hire in North Jersey, is against Smart Guns because he believes they are not reliable.

“I believe that Smart Guns are just as smart as our legislators in that they are not so smart. Anything that is going to add to the price tag, electronics designed engineering makes it cost prohibitive, is definitely going to impact minority firearm owners,” Colandro said.

Smart Guns are selling for an estimated $1,800 each. So far, New Jersey, Maryland, and Massachusetts have all passed legislation for Smart Gun laws. However, the question remains, are Smart Guns safer, or more dangerous?

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