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DADDY WARBUCKS
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I think a prefer a smart gun owner.



Smart gun' requirement still at least five years away

By STEVE STRUNSKY
Associated Press Writer

December 9, 2004, 6:36 PM EST

BAYONNE, N.J. -- Researchers are making progress in developing "smart gun" technology, but it will still be at least five years before a New Jersey law requiring it can take effect, officials said Thursday.

Using sensors in the grip, the technology would prevent a handgun from being fired by anyone but its owner.

Scientists, politicians and police officers attended a demonstration Thursday of a system being developed at New Jersey Institute of Technology that identifies a gun's authorized user but does not control the gun's firing mechanism.

Donald Sebastian, NJIT's vice president for research and development, said it would be another year before "Dynagrip" technology would be accurate enough and another year after that until it could be fully merged with firing technology to prevent an unauthorized discharge.

New Jersey's 2002 smart gun law _ requiring the technology on handguns sold in the state _ is written to take effect three years after the state attorney general certifies that the technology is available for retail sale.

Dynagrip uses 20 pressure sensors mounted inside the handle of a gun to distinguish the particular characteristics of a user's grip.

During the demonstration at a Bayonne Police Department firing range, elected officials watched as NJIT police officers squeezed off rounds from a handgun with Dynagrip. The guns were wired to a laptop computer, where a green light indicated the gun had been fired by an authorized user, and a red light indicated the user was not authorized.

Before the demonstration, officials announced a $1 million federal grant for continued research to refine the technology. NJIT received a $1.1 million federal grant in January.

U.S. Rep. Robert Menendez, a Democrat who has helped secure funding for the research, said that 17,000 of the nation's 30,000 annual deaths related to handguns are suicides, many involving children or other non-owners of legally purchased handguns.

Sabastian said the Dynagrip technology works more than 90 percent of the time, with a goal of reducing the failure rate to 1 in 30,000 trigger pulls. On Thursday, the technology was correct on all of more than a dozen trial shots.

The Dynagrip technology would be incorporated into a marketable firearm being developed by Metal Storm Inc., of Arlington, Va.

Russell Zink, a Metal Storm vice president, said the company has developed a way to store rounds in the weapon while leaving room for the Dynagrip technology in the grip, which in many handguns holds a magazine containing bullets.

Zink said the goal of completing a marketable smart gun was attainable. But he said Metal Storm was a small company unlikely to invest in refining a smart gun when demand is unknown. Asked if the company would like government funding, Zink said, "that wouldn't be a bad idea."

Andrew Arulanandam, a spokesman for the National Rifle Association, said New Jersey remains the only state with a smart gun law, which his group opposes. Arulanandam noted that in some cases smart gun technology will mistakenly prevent an authorized user from firing a weapon to defend himself. To prevent theft or use by children or other unauthorized shooters, the NRA recommends storing guns safely.

"Between safe storage and education, we hope to minimize unwanted incidents," he said.
 

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A smart hammer is next? It will never hit your thumb........Then what a "Smart politician"............
 

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I saw this episode on smart guns on history last week and you think the criminal wont be able to hack the computer chip? They will find a way or just go with some sort of rifle. Shotgun will be the way to go before I ever use a smart gun.
 

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The whole idea is to have a gun that requires electronics to fire. When they have that they would be able to turn off the guns/electronics remotely.

Smart guns are for stupid people. Would you want to watch TV if the government controlled the remote?
 
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