Smartgunz Introduced New Smart Gun. Still Not Practical.

By Faye Higbee

Kansas gun manufacturer SmartGunz is introducing a 1911 style Smart Gun that runs off an RFID Chip in a special glove that the shooter must wear in order for the gun to fire. Biden’s campaign website claims that he wants ALL guns in America to be a smart gun, and any others be removed from sales. Even if you had the excessive funds to buy one, who in their right mind would?

SmartGunz’s patent pending lock-out technology integrates with an RFID chip contained in a glove worn by the shooter. The shooter MUST be firmly gripping the firearm for the gun to fire. This solution ensures each SmartGunz firearm fires each and every time when it is supposed to AND ONLY when it is supposed to fire.

SmartGunz.co

Up until now the technology to create a practical smart gun has not been present. But this new technology is STILL not practical. And extremely pricey at $2,495.

Like the “transition” and demand to move to “green technology,” the damage caused by attempting to change to these firearms is real. The smart gun was one of Biden’s main claims:

Put America on the path to ensuring that 100% of firearms sold in America are smart guns. Today, we have the technology to allow only authorized users to fire a gun. For example, existing smart gun technology requires a fingerprint match before use. Biden believes we should work to eventually require that 100% of firearms sold in the U.S. are smart guns. But, right now the NRA and gun manufacturers are bullying firearms dealers who try to sell these guns. Biden will stand up against these bullying tactics and issue a call to action for gun manufacturers, dealers, and other public and private entities to take steps to accelerate our transition to smart guns.

Joe Biden

A “transition to smart guns.” Tell that to all the criminals who have guns. Want them to “transition” too? Tell that to all the legal, law-abiding gun owners who want to defend themselves but will have to put on a glove before firing the weapon in an emergency.

The “smart gun” may be an innovation, but it is not particularly practical in the real world. If someone breaks into your home and attacks your family, your weapon needs to be accessible and immediately able to fire. If Biden were to get his way, legal gun owners would be banned from regular weapons – but the criminals never will be.

Nobody’s bullying firearms dealers who try to sell these guns, because these guns haven’t gone to market. The only previous “smart gun” that was offered for sale was the Armatix iP1 pistol, a .22-caliber handgun that also used RFID technology to unlock the gun before use. Given the high price tag and the fact that the gun was apparently able to be “hacked” with just a few simple magnets, there are good reasons why the iP1 never caught on.

The new SmartGunz pistol is also going to be pricey, with a suggested retail cost of $2,495. The cost alone is going to make the pistol a non-starter for many gun owners, but there are also plenty of folks like me who just don’t see that the supposed benefits of a so-called smart gun outweigh the potential drawbacks.

Adding any additional steps to make the firearm functional also adds additional potential points of failure for the firearm. What happens if you can’t find your glove as someone’s breaking into your home? What happens if you need to use your off-hand to hold the gun or become incapacitated and need someone else in the household to use the gun in self-defense? What happens if the battery fails when you actually need to use your firearm in self-defense?

Cam Edwards at Bearing Arms

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Featured photo: SmartGunz.co

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