Another smart gun prototype

Yeah, this is definitely a "gun control by other means" thing.  With the traditional routes to gun control blocked, someone in the Obama administration is pushing states to look at their microstamping/smart gun laws and try to activate those.  California already did bring their microstamp requirement into effect.  New Jersey has a smart gun requirement that goes into effect as soon as one comes on the market.

This latest smart gun idea involves a microchip and antenna in the gun (probably a cheap cell phone chip), a service provider, and a cell phone app that can detect when the gun is being moved and disable it remotely.  Let's go over the problems with this technology, even assuming it works exactly as designed:
  1. If there's a break in at home, and you need to remove your gun from its secure location, do you want an alarm going off on your cell phone when you do?
  2. Do you want to have to get your cell phone and give yourself permission to use the gun?
  3. What if the batteries are dead?
  4. The service costs $12 / year / gun.  With more than one gun, that adds up to a severe self-defense tax on the poor. 
  5. Guns are durable and can last over a hundred years with good maintenance.  Will this company last a hundred years and remain compatible with the technology in their earliest guns?  Probably not.
  6. What if you aren't at home when a burglar breaks in, but your spouse is?  You will see the gun moving when you haven't authorized it.  Do you disable the gun?  Are you responsible for your partner's death?
  7. If a burglar successfully steals the gun, they can disable the locking mechanism.  It won't prevent crime with stolen guns.
  8. It won't prevent crime by people who lawfully own their guns.  While this scenario is rare, it covers many of the mass shootings by people who should have been legally barred for reasons of mental illness -- but were not.  In other words, it would not have stopped Newtown.
  9. It invites automated government regulation of what you do with your gun when you remove it from the authorized location.  ("Why do you have your gun out, citizen?  Place it back in the safe or drive to the range within 5 minutes.")
  10. Everyone subscribing to the service is automatically on a registry accessible to the government. 
  11. And obviously the service will turn off your firearms when asked to do so by the police, whether you are still subscribing to their service or not.
  12. ... and whether the police officer asking has a warrant or not...
  13. ... and whether the police officer asking is your violent ex-husband or not.

Gun owners do not want and will not accept this technology unless mandated by law -- as is already in place in New Jersey, assuming it becomes commercially available. 

Free citizens will not ask permission from the State before defending themselves, no matter what laws the State has put into place.

But the State would love to use technology like this to make us submit.

This entry was published Tue May 21 23:49:53 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-05-21 23:49:53.0. [Tweet]

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