Gun control has become an increasingly debated topic in the wake of the recent shootings in Newtown, Conn. But as Nick Bilton of The New York Times reports, utilising biometrics and grip pattern detection could help prevent guns from ending up in the wrong hands.
For example, the Mossberg Group’s iGun can detect if the registered owner is holding the gun, and only allow that person to fire it.
So why aren’t they built into every gun sold?
According to gun policy expert Robert J. Spitzer, the gun industry has little incentive to make smart-guns, and making smart-guns would also create more regulatory work for the government.
“Many guns are bought and sold on the secondary market without background checks, and that kind of sale would be inhibited with fingerprinting-safety technologies in guns,” Spitzer told Bilton.
That’s a depressing and terrifying thought.
Still, the madness is not stopping companies from trying.
One company, TriggerSmart has created technology for a childproof gun that can be remotely enabled and disabled in places like schools and airports.
In an interview with Bilton, TriggerSmart founder Robert McNamara said that he believes his company’s technology would have helped prevent the Newtown massacre.